|Directed by||Jonathan Segal|
|Produced by||Dan Keston, Rich Cowan|
|Written by||Talton Wingate|
|Music by||Andrew Bird|
|Editing by||Robert Hoffman|
|Running time||97 minutes|
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.
- Dan Byrd as Norman Long
- Emily VanCamp as Emily Harris
- Richard Jenkins as Doug Long
- Adam Goldberg as Mr. Angelo
- Billy Lush as James
- Camille Mana as Helen Black
- Jesse Head as Bradley
- John Aylward as Robert Bessent
- Sewell Whitney as Dr. Malloy
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. The soundtrack was release by Mom + Pop Music on October 11th, 2011.
- Official website
- Norman at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with the film's music supervisor, HitQuarters Jan 2012
- http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15943-norman-ost/ Album Review: Norman OST — Various Artists. Pitchfork Media.
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