Film: "Wakefield"

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Film: "Wakefield"

American Beauty meets Rear Window in this riveting character study about a man (Bryan Cranston) who starts spying on his wife (Jennifer Garner) and family.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Visual Arts Center 104 Loew Auditorium
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Films
Fee required. Tickets required.

Driven by a tour-de-force, darkly comic performance from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, this cross between American Beauty and Rear Window asks: what would your life look like without you in it?

Outwardly, Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is the picture of success. He has a loving wife (Jennifer Garner) and two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer and a comfortable home in the suburbs. Inwardly, though, he’s suffocating. One day, something snaps and Howard goes into hiding in his garage attic. Leaving his family to wonder what happened to him, he observes them from the attic window—an outsider spying in on his own life. As the days of self-imposed isolation stretch into months, Howard’s inner monologue (hypnotic, with Cranston’s growling baritone) ranges from the cynical to the sublime as he wonders why he left…and if he can ever go back. D: Robin Swicord, US, 2017, 1h 46m



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