The Perfect Family |
της Αν Ρέντον
με τους Κάθλιν Τέρνερ, Έμιλι Ντεσανέλ, Τζέισον Ρίτερ, Ρίτσαρντ Τσάμπερλεν, Ελίζαμπεθ Πένια, Σάρον Λόρενς, Μάικλ Μακγκρέιντι
Μία καθολική αφοσιωμένη σύζυγος και μητέρα είναι υποψήφια για ένα από τα κορυφαία βραβεία της εκκλησίας. Στην συνέχεια προσπαθεί ν' αποδείξει ότι έχει την «τέλεια» οικογένεια, αρνούμενη να τους δεχτεί για αυτό που είναι.
Emily Deschanel ... Shannon Cleary
Jason Ritter ... Frank Cleary Jr.
Kathleen Turner ... Eileen Cleary
Richard Chamberlain ... Monsignor Murphy
Elizabeth Peña ... Christina Rayes
Sharon Lawrence ... Agnes Dunn
Michael McGrady ... Frank Cleary
Kristen Dalton ... Theresa Henessy
Scott Michael Campbell ... Father Joe
June Squibb ... Mrs. Punch
Angelique Cabral ... Angela Rayes
Mandy June Turpin ... Susan O'Connor
Hansford Rowe ... Bishop Donnelly
Gregory Zaragoza ... Louis Reyes
Michael Andrew Stock ... Frank Jr's Son
Rebecca Wackler ... Sister Joan
Andre Wacemberg ... Church Attendee
Claire V. Riley
Suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish-an award she has coveted for years-her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela (Angelique Cabral). Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen's own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams.... This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award(R) nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale. Writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect.
Kathleen Turner stars in this timely family comedy as a meddling matriarch determined to rein her husband and two grown children into her image of what the “perfect family” should be. When her son and daughter choose to march to the beat of their own drum, the fur begins to fly. Also starring Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain, and Elizabeth Peña, THE PERFECT FAMILY was written by Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg, and directed by Anne Renton.
The Perfect Family. These words consistently evoke a snicker when I am asked the title of my film in conversation, which I really love. The truth is we can probably all relate to the imperfections, struggles and triumphs that define our “not so perfect” perfect families. The story I have chosen to tell is a messy slice of life comedy-drama about ordinary people struggling to connect. We have the opportunity to take a dive into their lives, laugh and cry with them and hold compassion for the tightly held external façade unraveling right before our main character’s eyes. Sometimes we may even see ourselves in one of them.
I wanted a film with strong emotions, solid characters and a relatable story. Kathleen Turner embraced the role of the protagonist, Eileen Cleary with great depth and an exquisite attention to detail. It was a dream to work with her. We were equally fortunate with the rest of the incredibly talented cast that came on board the project. The filmmaking journey can be a deeply personal one for the director and actors and luckily on this film it proved to also be an extremely collaborative effort. I am grateful to all the actors, crew and supporters who saw this film to the end. My producers held such a supportive space and played an integral part in the creation of this film. It could not have happened without them. In a sense everyone involved in the film became “the little family that could” together, proving yet again there are many definitions of family.
My hope is that The Perfect Family encourages us to glance at our own imperfections and judgments for a moment and acknowledge differences among us as a phenomenon to embrace rather than to reject. This is often easier said than done particularly when someone individuates and begins expressing a truth that doesn’t vibe so much with the family unit or with the views and beliefs of the more global community.
Many of us have been there. I sure have. It’s scary, enlightening, unraveling and empowering. Unfortunately, often all at the same time! As a famous philosopher succinctly said “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
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24/4/2011 (ΗΠΑ, Φεστιβάλ Tribeca)