Personal Effects (2009) – IMDb



Walter, 24, is a wrestler, competing for a spot on the national team when he learns of his sister’s brutal death. He comes home to help his mother; he works out, takes a dead-end job, and goes to the trial of the accused murderer. He becomes friends with Linda, her husband murdered; she’s raising a teen son, Clay, who’s deaf. Walter gets Clay into wrestling. He accompanies Linda to events at a center where she works. He sees her at the courthouse. They wait for verdicts. Walter’s mother takes her daughter’s things to a rummage sale. Clay has his father’s pistol. How will grief express itself?
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The space between loss and love.


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When the film was in the development process, Chris Evans was attached to play Walter. See more »


Linda offers Walter a Marlboro Red cigarette outside the courthouse. He declines. She then pulls a cigarette out of the pack and lights it. The cigarette, and filter, are completely white. Marlboro regulars are white with a brown filter. See more »


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I collect goldfish. I keep them in a small tank in my bedroom. Other kids my age like dogs – if they like animals at all. But for me, it’s goldfish. I understand them, living under water in a little bowl, hearing nothing, just watching everything through glass.

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References Late Show with David Letterman (1993)

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(Clint Sands (as Clinton F. Sands))
Performed by Clint Sands (as Clinton Sands)
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