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Wakefield (2016)

R | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.

Director:

Robin Swicord

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (short story), Nathaniel Hawthorne (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Howard Wakefield
Jennifer Garner ... Diana Wakefield
Victoria Bruno ... Taylor
Ellery Sprayberry ... Giselle
Monica Lawson ... Ellen
Derek Alvarado Derek Alvarado ... Male Police Officer (as Derek Weston)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Babs
Ian Anthony Dale ... Ben Jacobs
Tracey Walter ... Homeless Man
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Emily
Isaac Leyva ... Herbert
Alexander Zale ... Dr. Sondervan
Jason O'Mara ... Dirk Morrison
Eliza Coleman ... Gleaner Woman
Cameron Simmons Cameron Simmons ... Gleaner
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Storyline

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 JAP

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What would your life be like without you?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida em Espera See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,120, 19 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$259,412, 14 July 2017
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2.35 : 1
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In order to make the relationship between the two leads more believable, given the detached nature of their domestic lives, director Robin Swicord suggested that they both attempt a therapy session she felt might expedite their intimacy. Both had to stare into each other's eyes for an uncomfortably long time as the director suggested that they imagine each other as a baby, then a 6-year-old, etc. They then had to sit on the floor back-to-back, rubbing shoulder blades together. Bryan then had to remove Jennifer's socks and look at her feet. They had to stand side-by-side and sniff each other. Trying to keep serious throughout the session proved to quite difficult for both parties. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Howard Wakefield: 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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Brilliant Performance by Bryan Cranston
7 January 2017 | by p-k-adeySee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bryan Cranston's character devolve, much as his character in Breaking Bad did. He does a wonderful job showing us what made his character do what he did. Jennifer Garner is great as his wife. Beverly D'Angelo is amusing as Jennifer Garner's mother. There are dark moments, but also periods of levity. Bryan Cranston has to carry the majority of the film as we see everything through his eyes or as he interprets it. It is a unique way to show a person as they go through a possible break down. Who among us hasn't wanted to walk away from our life at some point? And haven't we wondered if we'd be missed and by whom? A must see film!


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