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Hateship Friendship

Director: Liza Johnson

Writer(s): Mark Poirier (Smart People, Goats)

Producer(s): Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Cassian Elwes, Jamin O’Brien, Dylan Sellers

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte

I might not have connected with Liza Johnson’s Cannes-selected Return (Linda Cardellini is nominated for an Indie Spirit Best Actress award) but I’m looking at her sophomore film as what we have come to expect from an Alexandre Payne-ish type film: placing an atypical cast of flawed characters in an extreme situation. If the foursome of Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte offer some emotional bravura, then Johnson might be the second to successfully adapt an Alice Munro story for the big screen following Sarah Polley before her with Away From Her. Worth noting: Beginners‘ Cinematographer Kasper Tuxen lenses.

Gist: Based on Alice Munro’s Hateship, »

- Eric Lavallee

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