Howard has a loving wife (Garner), two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. But inwardly he's suffocating, and eventually he snaps and goes into hiding in his garage attic leaving his family to wonder what happened to him. He observes them from his window - an outsider spying in on his own life - as the days of exile stretch into months. Is it possible to go back to the way things were?Written by
At around 32 minutes Howard is reading the book "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV" by Robert A. Caro. This is likely to be a nod to the actor's portrayal of Johnson in stage productions with the American Repertory Theater, a separate production on Broadway and in the film All the Way (2016). See more »
The train Wakefield boarded from Grand Central was a diesel hauled train. A power outage might have affected the train's motion (electric trains stalled ahead etc), but it would not have affected the lights in the train given that the power comes from the diesel locomotive. See more »
People will say that I left my wife and I suppose, as a factual matter, I did, but where was the intentionality? I had no thought of deserting her.
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No, this movie is not like watching paint dry, it is about watching a person drop out and tune into the petty and superficial aspects of the self. Rather it's a "nervous breakdown" or not Cranston does wonders with his physiognomy and gait. No, this is not an action movie or a RomCom, but a study in character and psychology does require patience, as does sipping a good glass of wine, no need to gulp, enjoy the moments, the good and the bad.
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