The theme for this month: Once Upon (Sometimes?) a Great Notion
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Written and directed by Matt Ross. 119 minutes.
The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Frank Langella and Ann Dowd.
Synopsis: A family sheltered by a strange father is forced to confront the outside world during a necessary road trip after a death in the family. Critic Tim Holland calls it “an onscreen gem that should be remembered come awards season.”
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year, along with appearing in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Written by Paul Schrader and directed by Peter Weir.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton and Andre Gregory.
Synopsis: Adapted from a Paul Theroux novel, this jungle film is about a patriarchal exile from the U.S. to the Central American rainforest that causes a family to come apart as the father imposes utopian ideals. Critic Karl Williams wrote “There isn’t much onscreen with which an audience might identify, so The Mosquito Coast faced an uphill and losing struggle at the box office, but its superior performances and potent political symbolism make it a worthy companion to other such ‘bungle in the jungle’ films as Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979).”
Land and Freedom (1995)