Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

Life is for living

Blu-ray, 1h 39min
Rating: 6.4
Votes: 56390
Languages: English
Country: USA, Canada
Director: Burr Steers
Music: Rolfe Kent

Plot outline

Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother and others who he has lost such as his friend who died in the military, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.

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Plots

Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother and others who he has lost such as his friend who died in the military, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.

Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother, Sam - so much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him, meeting up with Sam each night to play catch and talk. When a girl comes into Charlie's life, he must choose between keeping the promise he made to Sam or going after the girl he loves. - CBlodg / edited by statmanjeff

Charlie St. Cloud retreated from life five years ago, immediately following high school graduation, when he survived a vehicular accident that claimed the life of his younger brother, Sam. Before the accident, life held much promise for Charlie, with a sailing scholarship from Stanford (which he never used). His retreat from life comes not only from guilt and grief over Sam's death but from a promise, borne out of that grief while at Sam's funeral, to meet with Sam (now a ghost) every day at sunset to play catch in a small clearing in the woods near the cemetery. Charlie eventually comes to live and work at the cemetery as its groundskeeper, becoming his entire life's focus. It isn't until Charlie reconnects with a high school acquaintance, Tess Carroll - an up-and-coming world class sailor - that Charlie begins to return to the real world, though still not at the expense of abandoning Sam. An incident with Tess and the death of his rescuer point Charlie where to go in his tug-of-war between the living and the dead. - Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

Fatherless golden high school boy Charlie St. Cloud had a golden future, handsome, popular and admitted to Stanford on a scholarship, even recruited for a prestigious yacht sailing team. But shortly after graduating, Charlie feels existentially guilty about the death of his doting, beloved kid brother Sam whom he was driving to a playmate when a crashing car killed the junior. Charlie pledges to continue the baseball practice he promised to continue until entering Stanford, which he now ditches fro a menial job as graveyard keeper, while their mother shamelessly moved out of state, and tends to the grave of his Vietnam-killed former school buddy Sully, the second ghost who binds his sole to their beach home town. He's finally tempted to start living his own life again when he meets a female sailor his age about to embark on a transatlantic voyage and spends a ho night, but still can't 'leave Sam'. Only when he hears the authorities give up searching for her, having gone missing at sea during a storm, he misses a 'practice' at the beach when the morning canon is fired to sail hoping to save her life. - KGF Vissers