The Descendants

  • 115'
  • USA
  • 2011
Thorough and subtle analyses of emotionally stranded men are a recurring theme in the work of Alexander Payne: the characters of Matthew Broderick in Election, Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt, Paul Giamatti in Sideways and now George Clooney all wrestle with their own selves. Payne chooses his projects with care and also avoids clichés and melodramatic pitfalls in this new comedy drama.
The Descendants, based on the debut novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, follows a man in Hawaii who is at a turning point in his life. His wife has gone into a coma after an accident and he is forced to look at himself. Until then he had been ‘the back-up parent’, but now this self-appointed understudy has to take full responsibility as a parent for his two daughters. In addition, he wrestles with the painful discovery that his wife had an extramarital affair, and with the question of whether he should sell his land for a large sum of money.
Director
Alexander Payne
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
115'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Jim Burke
Production Company
Ad Hominem
Sales
Fox Searchlight Europe
Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Cinematography
Phedon Papamichael
Editor
Kevin Tent
Production Design
Jane Ann Stewart
Sound Design
Frank Gaeta
Music
Dondi Bastone
Cast
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley
Local Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures Holland
Website
http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thedescendants