Forty Shades of Blue

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Forty Shades of Blue
Directed by Ira Sachs
Written by Ira Sachs
Michael Rohatyn
Starring Rip Torn
Dina Korzun
Darren E. Burrows
D'Army Bailey
J. Blackfoot
Jerry Chipman
Stuart Greer
Distributed by First Look Studios
Release dates
  • January 2005 (2005-01)(Sundance)
  • September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)(U.S.)
  • June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30)(UK)
Running time
108 minutes
Language English
Box office$172,569 [1]

Forty Shades of Blue is a 2005 independent film directed by Ira Sachs.


It tells the story of Alan James (Rip Torn), an aging music producer who lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his much younger Russian girlfriend Laura (Dina Korzun). Their life together is complicated by the presence of Alan’s adult son Michael (Darren E. Burrows) from his previous marriage, who forces Laura to reflect on the nature of her impending marriage and her future prospects.

The filmmaker was inspired by the works of Ken Loach, including Kes (1969), Family Life (1971), and Looks and Smiles (1981), as well as Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964). [2]


Forty Shades of Blue was placed at #92 on the Best Films of the Aughts list by Slant Magazine in February 2010. [3] The film also won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. [4]


  1. "Forty Shades of Blue".
  3. "Best of the Aughts: Film". Slant Magazine . 7 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  4. "'Forty Shades of Blue' Takes Sundance Honors". 30 January 2005. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
Preceded by Sundance Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic
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