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The Good House— Digital Second Screening (2020)

  • Gala Presentations, Directed by Women
  • 1h 54m
  • United States of America


“I need a good year.” When Hildy (Sigourney Weaver) makes that pronouncement, she’s talking about her sales prospects as a realtor. But there’s also an unspoken acknowledgement that her best years just might be behind her. Bold, brash, and practiced in the ways of her affluent New England town, Hildy’s barely controlled chaos is a bit too familiar to her friends and family. So is its fuel: booze.

Veteran screenwriters Maya Forbes (who also directed Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky adapt and direct Ann Leary’s novel as a piercing observation of a woman capable of great charm, but always ready to sabotage her own success when the mood descends. Seeing the risk escalate, her family stages an intervention. It goes about as well as expected.

Weaver is a pure pleasure to watch here, perfectly pitching Hildy’s captivating side as well as her more vicious moments. A woman who proudly notes that her family has lived in Wendover for almost 300 years, she carries herself with regal bearing, ready to adopt new arrival Rebecca (Morena Baccarin) as a prize. But Hildy’s mass of hurts and insecurities are never far from the surface. The only person who seems to see her fully is Frank (Kevin Kline, also appearing in TIFF selection The Starling), a grizzled old flame who earned his wealth with his own hands and may now be ready to take Hildy into his arms again. Wisely, Forbes and Wolodarsky allow us to bask in the bright glow of these two old pros at work.

Director

Maya Forbes

Cinematographer

Andrei Bowden Schwartz

Executive Producer

Holly Bario

Executive Producer

Erika Hampson

Executive Producer

Christos Konstantakopoulos

Executive Producer

Steve Samuels

Producer

Aaron Ryder

Producer

Jane Rosenthal

Producer

Berry Welsh

Production Companies

Amblin Partners

Production Designer

Carl Sprague

Screenwriter

Thomas Bezucha

Screenwriter

Maya Forbes

Screenwriter

Wallace Wolodarsky

Author of Original Work

Ann Leary

Sound

Wayne Lemmer

Sound

Susan Dawes

Primary External Publicist

PR Works International

Composer of Original Score

Theodore Shapiro

US Sales Agent

ICM Partners

Language

English

Captions

English