Manny and Lo


1h 37m 1996

Brief Synopsis

11-year-old Amanda and 16-year-old Laurel are motherless sisters who have reunited after running away from separate foster homes. The outwardly tough "Lo" believes she's always right when she's almost always wrong. "Manny," the more logical sister, ignores her own firm grasp of reality in order to s

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Princeton, New Jersey, USA; Big Indian, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

11-year-old Amanda and 16-year-old Laurel are motherless sisters who have reunited after running away from separate foster homes. The outwardly tough "Lo" believes she's always right when she's almost always wrong. "Manny," the more logical sister, ignores her own firm grasp of reality in order to stand by Lo. Driving from town to town in a station wagon, shoplifting from convenience stores, and spending the night in unoccupied model homes, they eke out a precarious life on the road. However, even the most resourceful children hit stumbling blocks. So when Lo finds herself pregnant, she convinces her sister to aid her in taking a hostage. The hostage in question, Elaine, is a maternity shop clerk who presents herself as the world's ultimate authority on motherhood. But Elaine is very different from what she appears to be.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Princeton, New Jersey, USA; Big Indian, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States August 2, 1996

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States on Video January 21, 1997

Released in United States Summer July 26, 1996

Shown at Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema April 26 - May 3, 1996.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 1996.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Feature film directorial debut for Lisa Krueger, originally from San Francisco, who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later continued her film studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She worked as a script supervisor for such directors as Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara, and James Ivory. Her short film "Best Offer" won awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, Houston Worldfest and Oberhausen.

Lisa Krueger received the Independent Feature Project's 1996 Open Palm Award, given to an emerging filmmaker who has struggled to complete his or her first feature and whose film has a marked impact on the independent film world.

Began shooting July 31, 1995.

Completed shooting September 2, 1995.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema April 26 - May 3, 1996.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 1996.)

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 1996.)

Released in United States on Video January 21, 1997

Released in United States Summer July 26, 1996

Released in United States August 2, 1996 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.)