Aspiring NYC artist John Hollar returns to his middle America hometown on the eve of his mother's brain surgery. Joined by his girlfriend, eight months pregnant with their first child, John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, and over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of his mother's operation.
Filming took in various parts of Mississippi, including Jackson and a small town south of Jackson called Brookhaven. Filming locations in Brookhaven included the historic downtown area and the hospital. See more »
Early in the film, John is shown finishing a cigarette while leaning on a taxi. During the shot, green highways signs behind him indicate I-70 going west to Cincinnati and east to Cleveland. In fact, I-70 does not go to either of those Ohio cities. The film was shot in Mississippi and it appears the erroneous signs were added in post-production. See more »
Written by Josh Ritter
Performed by Josh Ritter
Courtesy of Pytheas Recordings
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc. See more »
"The Hollars" deserves to be seen
Here's another example of a terrific film that wasn't given proper exposure by the industry. The four leads--Krasinski, Copley, Jenkins, and the amazing Martindale--are perfect, and completely convincing as a family facing crisis. In spite of the somber subject matter (it's geared toward adults, not children), director Krasinski successfully wrings both chuckles and tears from these performances. It's a shame that "The Hollars" didn't garner some of the Oscar nominations that went to bigger-budget, but less deserving, films in 2016.
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