2013. USA. 153 min.
Post-screening discussion with Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski
Monday, November 25, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. USA. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Working from a strong original script by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, director Denis Villeneuve's film tells a haunting contemporary tale of every parent's worst nightmare. What if a child went outside to play and never came back? By avoiding easy answers, embracing moral ambiguity, and keeping the viewer in an almost unbearable state of anxiety, Villeneuve has created one of the best films of 2013 and, almost as importantly, made a studio film for that forgotten market segment—adults. Standout performances by Hugh Jackman as a distraught father willing to go to great lengths to find his daughter and her friend, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the workaholic detective handling the case, anchor the film in an unsettling emotional environment befitting its working-class Pennsylvania setting. 153 min.