What They Had Directed
Elizabeth Chomko USA / 2018 / 101 minutes
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First-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko has assembled a remarkable pool of talent to present her touching story of a family in crisis in a film that moves you to tears, but not before you‘ve had some great laughs along the way. At the focal point of What They Had are middle-aged siblings Bridget and Nicky, artfully portrayed by Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon. Bridget has returned home at her brother’s urging to deal with their ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and their stubborn father, Burt (Robert Forster). Burt is unwilling to let go of his marital life, despite his wife’s erratic and unpredictable memory, wavering without warning from loving mother to a little girl begging to go home. Added to the mix is Bridget’s acerbic daughter Emma (Taissa Farmiga), who’s been thrown out of her college dorm for drinking. The interpersonal dynamics, like any family’s, are complex and rife with moments of tension – and hilarity. The result is a film that feels both personal and universal. — Monique Ray
Elizabeth Chomko is an American director, screenwriter, playwright, actress, and musician. Originally from Chicago, she is an alum of the Sundance Institute‘s Screenwriters and Composers Lab, and an Academy Nicholl Fellowship winner for her screenplay What They Had. Her plays have been produced with LA‘s The Blank Theatre, Inkwell Theatre‘s LAB, and The Kennedy Center‘s New Plays Festival. She has appeared as an actress in various films and television series and onstage in theaters across the U.S. and in London.
Cast/Featuring: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga with Josh Lucas and Blythe Danner
Executive Producer(s): Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Shafin Diamond Tejani, Levi Sheck, Mike Rowe, Dean Buchanan, David Grace, Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Byron Wetzel
Producer(s): Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks, Sefton Fincham, Tyler Jackson
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