“Dad.” “I told you not to call her, baby it’s Christmas you ought to be home with your husband.” “Is she alright?” “She’s swell, she’s fine. Nicholas, I knew you’d start smoking again with that bar.” In ‘What They Had’ a woman goes back to her hometown to deal with a crisis that brings the family together when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard. The family must address the an urgent need to make decisions about the care of their mother.
“Mom?” “Is that my baby? I’m so happy to see you.” The predominant focus of the intergenerational drama is the emotional adjustment of the daughter, whose homecoming prompts her to face truths about the hollowness of her marriage.
“You alright, you check your blood pressure?” “I’m fine.” Written and directed by actor-playwright Elizabeth Chomko in her debut feature ‘What They Had’ is the story of a family navigating a crisis. It’s about how returning home thrusts you back in time: back to the kid you used to be — no matter how old you are — and having to reckon with that kid.
The return home forces the daughter to confront her past. It’s also about shifting dynamics as we grow older, the cultural rifts between generations. With a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Josh Lucas, Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Taissa Farmiga and Robert Forster ‘What They Had’ premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22. The film has a theater release date of March 16, 2018.
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