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3,446 Ratings

Half Nelson

Directed by Ryan Fleck
United States, 2006


Idealistic high school teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction. When a troubled student makes the startling discovery of his habit, a tenuous bond grows, that threatens either to undo them or provide a catalyst of hope for change.

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Half Nelson Directed by Ryan Fleck

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Locarno International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Special Jury Prize

2006 | Special Mention: Youth Jury Award (International Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2007 | 2 wins including: Best Female Lead

2007 | 4 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

One might also argue that a crack addict couldn’t be responsible enough to be a good teacher, but [Gosling’s characteris ] the most believable protagonist in any American movie I’ve seen this year. He’s far from being some simple postulate of the young couple who made this film, writer-director Ryan Fleck and writer Anna Boden. He’s a mess — an immature underachiever. But he’s also charismatic, multifaceted, and sincere, and we can’t really dismiss him without dismissing some part of ourselves.
September 15, 2006
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