Director: Jeff Stanzler
Runtime: 83 minutes
TV Rating: TV14
Sorry, Haters is a 2005 film written and directed by Jeff Stanzler, starring Robin Wright Penn, Abdel Kechiche, Ã‰lodie Bouchez and Sandra Oh, distributed by IFC Films. It was an “official selection” in both the Toronto and American Film Institute film festivals. It was released on DVD on August 8, 2006.
Ashade (Abdel Kechiche), a New York City taxicab driver from Syria encounters a strange fare in Phoebe, played by Robin Wright Penn. The lead character, bitter from a recent divorce, forces friendship upon Ashade who accepts it very reluctantly. When she learns of Ashade’s family’s legal problems, she imposes upon him further. This imposition reveals a dangerous side to Phoebe, causing Ashade to flee their brief friendship. Phoebe retaliates in spite, turning Ashade’s life upside-down. In order to put his life back in order, Ashade must seek out Phoebe and enlist her help, and in doing so, he learns about and falls prey to her dark secret.
In 2007, Sorry, Haters was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Female Lead.
The film was shot in 15 days.