What They Had
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What They Had (15)
- US. Drama. 101 minutes
Bridget (Hilary Swank) has to return to her childhood home after her ailing mother's alzheimers worsens and the family must decide whether to put her in a special facility. Her brother (Michael Shannon) is determined she should go and her father (A simply brilliant Robert Forster) is equally determined to look after her at home. Long repressed resentments come to the surface as the family members try and work their way through the conflict. From a simple everyday set up, director and screenwriter Elizabeth Chomko fashions a beautifully moving film and summons four superb performances from the leads. With occasional flashes of mordant humour*, What They Had *celebrates life, marriage and love. Never depressing, this is a film of real heart and a fitting tribute to the late Robert Forster.
***"The three-way excellence of Forster, Swank and Shannon is the throbbing, tumultuous heart of Chomko's debut. Top-notch dialogue, earthy characterisation, a rich score…and an authentic angle on a weighty theme do the rest."*** Sunday Independent
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