WHO’S IN IT?
Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street), Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page), Lucas Hedges (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Tate Donovan (Argo), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Erica McDermott (The Fighter), Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me), director, writer; Lauren Beck (film debut), Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Chris Moore (American Pie), Kimberly Steward (film debut) and Kevin J. Walsh (The Way Way Back), producers; Lesley Barber (Mansfield Park), composer; Jody Lee Lipes (Trainwreck), cinematographer; Jennifer Lame (Frances Ha), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Lowly janitor Lee (Affleck) receives a call telling him that his brother Joe (Chandler) has just died. Returning to the hometown he abandoned years before for the funeral, Lee finds out that he has also been made the legal guardian of Joe’s teenage son Patrick (Hedges), and also runs into his estranged ex-wife Randi (Williams), which brings back dark memories which reveal why he left in the first place…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Casey Affleck gives a performance for the ages as a man beset by tragedy and placed in an odd situation in Kenneth Lonergan’s outstanding drama that’s already gaining attention in this ongoing awards season.