Independent Film: The Playroom
04/21/2013, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
$8/$6 Brooks members and students with valid i.d., free with VIP Film Pass. map
New York Times
film critic Stephen Holden declares that The
Playroom “captures the malaise of mid-’70s suburbia with a merciless
accuracy not seen since Ang Lee’s 1997 film, The Ice Storm.” Set, like The
Ice Storm, in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream
wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family
struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie (Olivia Harris) is
a vulnerable yet tempestuous teenager who acts as big sister and surrogate
mother to her three younger siblings. Upstairs in the attic she tells them
fantastical stories, but only to mask what is happening downstairs. As her
hard-drinking parents, Martin (portrayed by John Hawkes of Lincoln) and Donna (Hemingway
and Gellhorn’s Molly Parker), entertain guests, Maggie grapples with their
flawed choices and is thrust into a world she might not be ready for.
conjunction with Angels & Tomboys:
Girlhood in Nineteenth Century American Art, on view at the Brooks through
| 2012 | 83 minutes
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