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For Bradley cooper and David O. Russell, silver linings playbook was "an athletic endeavor"

In David O. Russell's flinty comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook (in theaters now), bipolar Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) returns to his childhood home in Philadelphia after a violent episode that ended his marriage and landed him in a psychiatric hospital. Pat's jagged redemptive arc includes a reckoning with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and with Tiffany (The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow whose courtship of Pat culminates, naturally, in a ballroom-dancing competition.

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival's coveted Audience Award, Silver Linings is the first collaboration between Cooper--best known for the Hangover films--and Russell, who...

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