San Diego Comic-Con brought a rash of flashy sci-fi movie previews over the weekend, but Bleecker Street showed Monday that you don't need all the bells and whistles to catch people's attention.
The company released a trailer for "What They Had," a drama starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, and Josh Lucas. Unlike a lot of the looks we've gotten at stories over the last few days, it is incredibly grounded. The family at the center of it is coping with aging and Alzheimer's, issues that affect many families.
In the poignant preview, matriarch Ruth Ertz, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, wanders into a blizzard, prompting her family to realize they need to figure out how to better care for her. While her children think she should go to a nursing home, her husband isn't necessarily convinced. They all have to figure out how to accept Ruth's memory decline, and based on what we've seen, the movie still manages to sprinkle in some humor.
"What They Had" was both written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko. It officially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but it won't open in theaters until Oct. 12.
After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remains at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments bubble to the surface. Read More