• What They Had (2018)

What They Had

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2019

R |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas, Sarah Sutherland, Marilyn Dodds Frank

Director: Elizabeth Chomko

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Look to the Sky Films, Bona Fide Productions, The Fyzz Facility, Unified Pictures

Keywords: Family , Amusing , Touching , Hospital , Father , Emotional , Mother , Bar , Marriage , 2010s , Moving , House , Husband , Brother , Transformation , Tense , Daughter , Love ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's been made with genuine feeling and smooth professional craftsmanship. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This fine debut feature by Elizabeth Chomko dramatizes well-worn themes — degenerative illness, family dysfunction, anguishing choices to be made in the face of implacable decline. Yet the cast is exceptional, the performances are extraordinary, the writing and direction are heartfelt, and the film is, consequently, stirring, frequently funny and consistently affecting. show more

  • 83
    Harry HaunFilm Journal International

    The dominant performance throughout remains Forster’s. He’s such a hard-charging engine that he reduces everyone within his earshot to a reactive mode. show more

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