114 min, USA, 2021, English
Principal Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin
Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline play ex-flames who rekindle their romance, in this drama from directors Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky.
The Good House follows Hildy Good (Weaver), a wry New England realtor and a descendant of the Salem witches, whose business success and sharp wit mask her history of complicated personal relationships — and a tendency to overindulge in wine (or vodka if she sees fit.) Her compartmentalized life begins to fall apart as she reunites with an old high-school flame, earthy contractor and handyman Frank Getchell (Kline). Long-repressed emotions are ignited, family secrets emerge, and Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.
Based on Ann Leary’s bestselling novel, The Good House is a piercing observation of a woman capable of great charm but always ready to sabotage herself when the mood descends. As Hildy’s alcoholism becomes more apparent, and the risks are elevated, her family stages an intervention. It goes about as well as expected.
Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky’s adaptation convey precisely, without moralizing, what it takes to break free from an addiction. Weaver delivers a commanding and captivating performance, revelling in Hildy’s charisma as well as her more vicious instincts. It’s a delight to see her and Kline form such an authentic connection on screen in this surprising, funny, and touching film.
“In the film’s sharp comic observations… and especially its two fine leads, something real and messy sparks to life.” – Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
The Good House | January 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Tilley Hall, UNB Campus
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