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DAYTRIPPERS, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Eliza (Hope Davis) and Louis (Stanley Tucci) are a happy young couple who live on Long Island, New York. One morning, while cleaning the bedroom, Eliza discovers what appears to be a love letter written to Louis. Distraught by the possibilities, she drives over to see her parents. Her strong-minded mother Rita (Anne Meara), mild-mannered father Jim (Pat McNamara), sarcastic and brash sister Jo (Parker Posey), and Jo’s pretentious, well-meaning, would-be-novelist boyfriend Carl (Liev Schreiber), discuss the potential meanings of the letter. Rita convinces Eliza that she must go into New York City where Louis works and confront him face to face. The five of them cram into the family station wagon and head off to Manhattan, but Louis has been given the day off. Always one step behind Louis, they stumble across a collection of eccentric strangers whose problems mirror their own. They finally track him down at a New York party, and discover the surprising truth.

"Keenly observant, poignant and funny, The Daytrippers is a charming film that delves deep into human nature and relationships. Greg Mottola’s insightful script and adept direction manages to capture the complexity within a family, as we get swept along in a whirlpool of emotions. It’s a strong ensemble cast that bring these characters to life; Anne Meara gives a particularly gutsy performance as Rita, the mother whose lighthearted banter hides a serious control freak; Parker Posey gives another strong performance as daughter Jo; Liev Schreiber is endearing as Carl, the oh-so-serious aspiring novelist. Here is a family that looks ordinary enough, and while they show the strength and support to loved ones, they are all caught up with each other’s weaknesses. Like many of us, they love and support, while being irritated by the nature and habits of those closest to them. Listen for an alluring musical score by Richard Martinez, which gently colours and textures the emotions."
Louise Keller

"What a gem of writing, acting, directing . . . filmmaking. The flippancy suggested by title is a clue to the film’s fabulous sense of subtlety, especially in its observations of human nature. Mottola’s focus is how in a family trying to help one of its own, each member sees the situation quite differently, and therefore makes all the wrong moves. Deft writing matched by singular performances bring the characters fully alive and as accessible yet contradictory as our own family and friends. Often hilarious in a grown up, worldly wise way, the script manages to enhance the day’s trip with coincidental collisions between our central characters and strangers in a remarkably effective way, using imaginative situations not clumsy devices. One such collision takes them inside the home of a young man and his father, and gives us a snapshot of their equally complex lives; this sequence is executed with the touch of a master filmmaker. The complex inter-personal relationship between the six central characters is brilliantly woven, and the dialogue - including non-speaking communication - is at once sharp and economical. The revelation that answers Eliza’s burning question about her husband is a genuine surprise, an emotional twist for which we are not at all prepared. This makes it juicy. As for the ending, it will divide audiences; some may be frustrated by it, others will relish the filmmaker’s jaunty acceptance of how life really is - usually devoid of neat solutions to complex human problems."
Andrew L. Urban

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DAYTRIPPERS, THE (M)
(US)

CAST: Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Pat McNamara, Anne Meara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Campbell Scott

DIRECTOR: Greg Mottola

PRODUCER: Nancy Tenenbaum, Steven Soderbergh

SCRIPT: Greg Mottola

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Inwood

EDITOR: Anne McCabe

MUSIC: Richard Martinez

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Bonnie Brinkley

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: REP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 9, 1997








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