The Invisible Circus (film)

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The Invisible Circus
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam Brooks
Produced by
Screenplay by Adam Brooks
Based on The Invisible Circus
by Jennifer Egan
Music by Nick Laird-Clowes
Cinematography Henry Braham
Edited by Elizabeth Kling
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date
  • January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) (Sundance)
  • February 2, 2001 (2001-02-02) (USA)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $77,578

The Invisible Circus is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Adam Brooks and starring Cameron Diaz, Jordana Brewster, and Christopher Eccleston. 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.[1] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 2001, and was released in the United States on February 2, 2001.[1]


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. ^ 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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