THE SON

California Premiere


WORLD

UK, US, France 2022, 123 min, Director: Florian Zeller

Writer-director Florian Zeller returns with an adaptation of the second play in his family trilogy, which — like his 2020 Oscar®-winning film The Father (MVFF43) —examines the seismic effect of sickness on everyone involved. Peter (Hugh Jackman) is settling into life with wife Beth (Vanessa Kirby) and their beautiful baby boy. In contrast, Nicholas (Zen McGrath), his teen son from his previous marriage, isn’t doing so well; according to Peter’s ex, Kate (Laura Dern), he’s extremely moody and angry. Without realizing the extent of Nicholas’ issues, Peter and Beth invite him into their home, hoping a new environment will improve his mindset. Anchored by an incredible performance from Jackman, Zeller’s portrait of a parental nightmare never exploits the subject of mental illness. —David Fear



Showtimes

In-Person


7:00 PM — Lark Theater

3:30 PM — Sequoia 2

Director

Paris native Florian Zeller first established himself as a novelist, writing his first book, ARTIFICIAL SNOW (2002), at 22, and won a Prix Interallié for his third novel, THE FASCINATION OF EVIL (2004). He is also an award-winning playwright, who counts among his honors a Molière Award for THE FATHER. He made his directing debut with his adaptation of THE FATHER (MVFF43), which was nominated for six Academy Awards®, winning two, including Best Adapted Screenplay, which Zeller shared with Christopher Hampton.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

123

Director:

Florian Zeller

Producers:

Joanna Laurie, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Florian Zeller, Christophe Spadone

Cinematographers:

Ben Smithard

Editors:

Yorgos Lamprinos

Writers:

Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

Cast:

Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Hugh Quarshie, Anthony Hopkins

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