The Invisible Circus (film)

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The Invisible Circus
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam Brooks
Produced by
Screenplay byAdam Brooks
Based onThe Invisible Circus
by Jennifer Egan
Music byNick Laird-Clowes
CinematographyHenry Braham
Edited byElizabeth Kling
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release date
  • January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) (Sundance)
  • February 2, 2001 (2001-02-02) (USA)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$77,578[1]

The Invisible Circus is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Adam Brooks and starring Jordana Brewster, Christopher Eccleston, and Cameron Diaz. Based on the 1995 novel The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan, the film is about a teenage girl who travels to Europe in 1976 in search of answers to her older sister's suicide. During her search, she falls in love with her dead sister's former boyfriend.[2] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 2001, and was released in the United States on February 2, 2001.[2]


Phoebe O'Connor's California dreamin' days are done. Lost and confused in 1977 post free-love San Francisco, this headstrong flower child (played by Jordana Brewster) decides to unravel the mystery of her sister's (Cameron Diaz) suicide in Portugal. In her desperate search for answers, Phoebe is forced to face the past, as well as disturbing truths about her own future. She falls in love with her sister's boyfriend and they travel together to Portugal. She finally discovers the cause of her sister's death and returns home.



The film received negative reviews from critics and holds a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 61 reviews.


  1. ^ The Invisible Circus at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (February 2, 2001). "Tripping Through Europe On a Quest for Lost Time". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2014.

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