What They Had



Date: March 29, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Cost: $7/each

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Friday, March 29, 7:30 pm

LCCC Film Society presents
What They Had

2018 (R) 101 min. USA
Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster

Ruth has been married for more than 50 years to Burt. They live in a condo in Chicago. Their happy life is changing almost daily as she moves into the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Nick, her single son who cares deeply about his mother, believes it is time for the family to put her in a memory care facility. At his urging, his sister Bridget comes in from Los Angeles, accompanied by her daughter Emma, who has been kicked out of her college dorm for drinking; mother and daughter are not communicating well. Nor does Bridget really know her brother. He resents that she has her parents’ power of attorney even though he has been doing the lion’s share of caregiving for them. When Nick asks his father why he does not have the power to make decisions, Burt says that he is irresponsible and has only been able to land a job as a bartender. In fact, Nick owns a bar. The family all want the best for Ruth and must come to terms with what it means to let go of the woman, wife, mother, and grandmother they once knew. For Burt, it is all about commitment. He refuses to give up his role as primary caregiver: “Love is commitment, for better or for worse, in sickness or in health, ’til death do us part. That’s the promise . . . You can’t take my girl away from me.” “What They Had” is a wonderfully human portrait of a family facing a crisis created by circumstances beyond their control. In such situations, things can go a lot of different ways. Watching the film, we can imagine different scenarios that could drive these characters further apart or together in caring ways. One by one, as the story resolves itself, we see the foundations laid for reconciliation within the family or maybe not.

“A wonderfully human portrait of a family facing a crisis that brings them all to a deeper, richer, and more rewarding life together in love.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE

“One of the year’s best Indie dramas, one that should hit home with a wide range of viewers sure to relate to the achingly authentic family dynamics on display.” – Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES