Norman (film)

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Directed by Jonathan Segal
Produced by Dan Keston, Rich Cowan
Written by Talton Wingate
Starring Dan Byrd
Emily VanCamp
Richard Jenkins
Music by Andrew Bird
Cinematography Darren Genet
Edited by Robert Hoffman
Release date(s)
  • October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02) (San Diego Film Festival)
  • October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21) (United States)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Norman is a 2010 drama film directed by Jonathan Segal. It stars Dan Byrd, Emily VanCamp, and Richard Jenkins. It began playing at limited locations on October 21, 2011.


Norman Long is a high school loner, a self-aware and darkly funny teen who’s just trying to handle his daily existence. In the wake of his mother’s sudden death, Norman must now also deal with the reality that his father is starting to lose his battle with stomach cancer.

Norman, depressed and angry, unintentionally gets caught in a lie that he, in fact, has stomach cancer. Soon his complete distortion of the facts spirals out of control. Part coping mechanism, partially as a way to feel closer to his father, and to a certain degree to prepare others for his possible suicide, Norman begins to imitate his father’s debilitating physical symptoms, dramatically affecting his life and the world around him.

Emily, a magnetic girl with one of those rare enchanting smiles, gets caught up in Norman’s fabrication and struggles with her deep rooted romantic feelings in the face of Norman’s “impending” death. Ultimately, Norman must confront a burning set of conflicting emotions as he struggles to define his relationship with his father, his love for Emily, and ultimately who he will be as a young man.



The film's soundtrack features, in majority, songs composed and performed by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. Included in the soundtrack as well are three songs performed by other notable acts: The Blow with Richard Swift (singer-songwriter), Chad VanGaalen, and Wolf Parade. Pitchfork Media reviewed the album favorably as a piece detached from the film, awarding a score of 7.3 out of 10.[1] The soundtrack was release by Mom + Pop Music on October 11, 2011.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Album Review: Norman OST — Various Artists. Pitchfork Media.