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
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 »
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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