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Fathers & Daughters (2015)

R | | Drama | 8 July 2016 (USA)
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A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

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Gabriele Muccino

Writer:

Brad Desch

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Jake Davis
Amanda Seyfried ... Katie Davis
Aaron Paul ... Cameron
Diane Kruger ... Elizabeth
Quvenzhané Wallis ... Lucy
Bruce Greenwood ... William
Janet McTeer ... Carolyn
Kylie Rogers ... Young Katie
Jane Fonda ... Teddy Stanton
Octavia Spencer ... Dr. Corman
Jenny Vos Jenny Vos ... Tricia
Brendan Griffin ... Evan
Ryan Eggold ... John
Chris Douglass ... Brian
Jake Scheib Jake Scheib ... Andrew
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A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

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Taglines:

He wrote to her, about her, and for her. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for some sexual content/references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo mejor de mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,587,709
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Russel Crowe and Amanda Seyfried have worked together before, in the 2012 film, Les Misérables. See more »

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After Katie goes on her run with Cameron, there is an aerial view of Manhattan including the Twin Towers. Her mother died around 1989-1990 per the first scene, and we are now supposed to be seeing her 27 years later, which is well after the towers were no longer standing. See more »

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(They Long To Be) Close To You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
performed by Richard Clayderman (vocals by Michael Bolton)
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Incredible Acting & Emotion Covers Up Almost All Faults
27 February 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

Based strictly on content, "Fathers & Daughters" is not the type of movie I would usually see. However, after watching the trailer and seeing the star power of Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul, I decided to give it a try. While the plot of this film can be a bit shaky at times, one almost doesn't realize it because the quality of the acting invokes such strong emotions all the way through.

For a basic plot summary, "Fathers & Daughters" opens with writer Jake Davis (Crowe) struggling to cope with his life after the loss of his wife in a car accident. Fortunately, he still has his lovely daughter Katie (Kylie Rogers), but even that is threatened when his seizures and medical problems begin. Flash-forward 20-some years later, and Katie (Seyfried) has grown up to become a successful social worker...who is also as promiscuous as they come in terms of love life. However, when a new little girl named Lucy (Quvenzhane Wallis) is put in her care, and then Katie meets Cameron (Paul), she begins to be confronted by the demons in her life that have caused her so much pain.

I wish I could say that "Fathers & Daughters" is a "best of all-time" type of movie, but the fact is that it isn't. The writers/producers/director make some head-scratching choices about how they play the narrative out, and there are a few key plot points missing that probably needed to be included to make this a "tighter" film. So, this is really more of a "niche" film built on emotion.

But boy oh boy, though, does that niche ever get filled perfectly here! I'm not usually one to get overly emotional during a film-watching experience (at least visually), but "Fathers & Daughters" moved me to tears on a few occasions. It truly is that powerful of a film, as it deals primarily with the relationship between a father and daughter (something that isn't always seen in these types of films). It would have been very, very easy for this film to turn into a typical tearjerker, as all the elements for it are indeed present. Fortunately, although not without a few hiccups along the way, it ends up producing natural instead of contrived emotions, which I have a great deal of respect for. All the emotional moments in the movie feel earned.

In large part, I believe that is due to the incredible acting performances in the flick. It has been awhile since I've seen a movie where every performance was this spot-on. Crowe really commits (and when that happens, he's always golden), Seyfried is (as usual) perfect for her role, and Paul is absolutely killing every role he takes these days. Even the youngsters, Wallis and especially Rogers, bring the emotion perfectly.

So, while "Fathers & Daughters" may not rise to elite heights due to a few storytelling difficulties, it has more than enough acting and emotion to be a solid film. It uncommonly moved me during my viewing of it, and I will always remember the experience because of it. Even if this doesn't look like your "cup of tea", you may want to give it a chance, as more than likely you'll be moved as well.


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