Synopsis: Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who's life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Todd Haynes
Production: Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
  1 win & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min


(child panting)

(wolf barks)

-(wolf snarling)

-(frightened gasp)





MALE VOICE (echoing):



(wolf snarling)







What's the matter, huh?

Can't you hear me?

-Are you deaf?

-Stop it, Robbie.


Go to sleep, boys.

Sorry, Mom.

Sorry, Aunt Jenny.

Shut up.

Hey, guess what.

We forgot a present.



What's that?



Ca... Oh...

You really do live

in a museum.

Why do you always look so sad,

Benjamin Wilson?


Hmm. Neat.

It's like the one

we saw on the trail.

Thanks, Mom.

Sure, handsome.



Was my dad an astronomer?

(mom sighs)

Maybe that's why I like

outer space so much.

Makes sense.

Happy birthday,

Mr. 12-Year-Old.

Don't stay up too long.


(door shuts)

(TV news plays low)

("Space Oddity" by David Bowie

starts to play)




Geez... God, you scared me.

What are you doing out of bed?

Why won't you ever

talk about him?

Other kids know their dads.

Not now, Ben.

Go back to bed.

It's what I wished for,

you know?

When I blew out the candles.

Another time, okay?

When it's the right time.

It's never the right time.

What does this mean?

What, Ben?

This quote.

"We are all in the gutter,

but some of us are

looking at the stars."

You said it the night

we saw the shooting stars,

and now it's on your wall.

Well, what do you think

it means?

That's what you always say.

BEN (whispering):

"We are all in the gutter,

but some of us are

looking at the stars."

(no audio)

(boat knocking)

("Space Oddity"

playing in distance)

("Space Oddity" getting louder)


Are you...?

("Space Oddity" fading up)

(flashlight drops)



What are you doing here?

-No, what are you doing here?


This isn't your house.

Those aren't your clothes.

I shouldn't have

turned the light on.

-Benji, I...

-You smoke?!

No. I-I mean...

God, please don't tell my

parents, they're gonna kill me.

I don't understand.

You're wearing my mom's


Oh, my gosh, I'm so sorry.

I-I just...

I needed somewhere.

This was supposed to be

my secret place, I just need...

-I can't look at you like that.

-(record screeches off)


Oh, gosh.

A-Are you okay?

Yes, I'm fine.


Are your parents

gonna sell this house?

I heard them

talking about it.

Why can't I just move back in?

-It's my house.

-I know.

And Robbie's kind of a pest.

If I knew where my dad was,

I could just...

Are you still having

those nightmares?


-(thunder rumbles)


Come on, we should...

We should go home, probably.

-I am home.

-I know, but...


You go.

I just want to stay here

a little longer.

That's, that's really not

a good idea.

There's supposed to be storms.

I won't tell your parents.


That you were smoking.

Just let me stay

a little longer.

You really won't tell?


Yeah, I swear.

Oh, my God, then I completely

owe you a favor, Benji.

For real.

We all miss her, you know.


Don't stay too long. Okay?

(organ playing)

(thunder rumbling,

leaves rustling)

(thunder crashing

in distance)




(soft groans)

(blackout zip)

Oh. Oh, no, no, no, no.




("Evening Star"

by Fripp and Eno playing)

"A curator's job

is an important one,

"for it is the curator

who decides

what belongs in the museum."

"In a way,

anyone who collects things

in the privacy of his own home

is a curator."

"But how did

the very first curators

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Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick (born July 14, 1966) is an American illustrator and writer best known for illustrating children's books. He won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration recognizing The Invention of Hugo Cabret. more…

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