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World Traveler (2002)



Critic Consensus: Heavy symbolism and a repulsive lead character make World Traveler seems like a long trip.

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Following up on his acclaimed debut The Myth of Fingerprints, Bart Freundlich spins this drama that poses the question "what would it be like to run away from your life?" The film centers on a restless thirtysomething New Yorker named Cal (Billy Crudup) who one day drives off into the open road, leaving his wife and infant son behind. A series of flashbacks describe Cal's domestic malaise and disillusionment with his life. On the road, Cal encounters a number of unusual characters who are similarly tethered and drifting. One is named Dulcie (Julianne Moore), an emotionally fragile woman looking for her lost son. Through his interaction with Dulcie, Cal reflects on his own family and soon finds himself heading to his boyhood home where his father lives. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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David Keith
as Richard
Karen Allen
as Delores
Richie Dye
as Local Bartender
Margaret Devine
as Andrea's Friend
John Forman
as Dakota Customer
Bert Miller
as Dakota Bartender
Patricia French
as Dakota Waitress
Shontelle Thrash
as Dakota Mom
Isis Faust
as Dakota Girl
B.J. Mitchell
as Dakota Boy
Mark Gray
as Ficus Lounge Host
Elijah Saucier
as Imaginary Carl
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Critic Reviews for World Traveler

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (26)

With no real redemption at the end of the road, it is nothing more than a beautiful, empty journey.

July 10, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

Were it not for a sentimental resolution that explains way more about Cal than does the movie or the character any good, Freundlich's World Traveler might have been one of the more daring and surprising American movies of the year.

July 9, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This episodic, quietly affecting movie is both gritty and poetic.

May 16, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Well-made, well-acted but ultimately enervating.

May 10, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Anemic, pretentious.

May 10, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Yes, I suppose it's lovely that Cal works out his issues with his dad and comes to terms with his picture-perfect life -- but World Traveler gave me no reason to care, so I didn't.

May 10, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for World Traveler

A moving story about lost fathers and lost sons. Billy Crudup always picks his roles with care, often looking to play unique characters who are searching for something, are damaged somehow, and are in need of healing. Julianne Moore plays well the wandering mother, traveling to connect with her son at a train station somehere out there in space and time. Willie Nelson provides the bulk of a memorable soundtrack. A must-see for Crudup fans, and an interesting part for David Keith, whom I'd like to see back doing more films.

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