Official Selection: Sundance
From the director of the internationally acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Winter’s Bone comes this sublime examination of community.
Will (Ben Foster) has a while ago been discharged from the military. With his young daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) they live completely off the grid subsisting off the land and living deep in the forest. They love each other and they’re happy doing it with Will unable to adjust to society on his return from service, but they can’t hide forever and against both of their wishes their reintroduced to society. From there a myriad of inner conflicts develop resulting in a layer upon layer journey filled with texture, confusion and love.
This film is about so many things. Expectations, the shallowness of society, consumer culture and what it takes to be a true community. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie’s performance is sensational and there’s a great authenticity to this poetic, unhurried and timely film.
"Debra Granik’s complex study of an army vet and his daughter living in a vast public park is the film Captain Fantastic should have been." The Guardian