All Is Lost
2013. USA. J. C. Chandor. 106 min.
Post screening discussion with Chandor
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
All Is Lost
2013. USA. Directed by J. C. Chandor. Writer-director Chandor appears again in our Contenders series (after Margin Call in 2011) with his second feature. This existential seafaring drama follows the struggles of a lone sailor, lost in the Indian Ocean when a surreal twist of fate results in life-threatening damage to his boat. Struggling against storms, sharks, and the fading hope of rescue, he faces his impending mortality methodically, executing inventive survival procedures with escalating desperation. The film rests on the compelling power of what amounts to a silent performance by Robert Redford. This career-redefining vehicle for the 77-year-old actor belongs to an increasingly significant category of late-in-life triumphs by long-famed international stars, including, most recently, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in Amour (2012) and the recent work of Clint Eastwood. The film's acting and direction are safe bets for Academy Award consideration. Courtesy of Roadside Attractions. 106 min.