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Mainstream Cinema – The Holdovers

7 May: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

2024 – Certificate 15

– The Holdovers –

Mainstream Comedy Drama

In 1970, a misanthropic history teacher (Paul Giamatti) at a remote New England Ivy League University feeder boarding school is forced to remain on the empty campus over the Christmas holidays with a small group of students.  All except brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) get a late opportunity to stay elsewhere leaving just him, the teacher and the grieving school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), to sit out the vacation together.

In Alexander Payne’s wistful and very funny Christmas tale, the stage is set for an epic, possibly life-defining clash of personalities as the trio squabble their way through the Christmas holidays towards a familial rapport of a sort they’d each either lost or never previously felt.

Running Time 133 mins

Director(s) Alexander Payne

Cast includes Paul Giamatti, Tate Donovan, Carrie Prestons

Nominations & Awards104 wins including two Golden Globes from 294 nominations

Certificate  15

Rating  4 – 5 Stars

The Guardian – A masterclass in melancholy …………  that’s as achingly sharp as it is funny……..

It’s Payne’s finest film  since “Sideways” (2004), and like it features a superb Giamatti performance as a stubbornly unlovable and difficult man.

There’s a bracingly astringent bleakness under its surface layer of melancholy humour; a biting, sharp edge that counters the occasional lurch towards sentimentality.

It is taken from TV writer David Hemingson’s impeccably crafted screenplay, a masterclass in incremental, indirect character revelations and plot transitions.

Empire – One of cinema’s greatest actor-director duos, Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne —are back with a brand-new groove.

Of course, it’s not just the Giamatti solo show (though we’d watch it). And Payne fills his wintry yarn with a brace of other memorable characters. Newcomer Dominic Sessa is terrific as central student Angus, ………..And relative unknown Da’Vine Joy Randolph, playing school cook Mary, is magnificent too

Though it’s very much an ‘awards’ film, every performance finely calibrated and the craft across-the-board exquisite, it’s just way too much fun to be reduced to that label.

The Telegraph – Hilarious, impeccably acted, and made in a period style that chimed so tunefully with its early 1970s setting, you half-believed it had actually been made back then.

What a profoundly and nourishingly funny film this is – easily Payne’s best since he last collaborated with Giamatti in their 2004 road comedy Sideways.

The Independent – Paul Giamatti shines in a warm, sentimental comedy …………..a soft-barbed social satire aimed at the cynical and curmudgeonly, with charmingly literate gags provided by its screenwriter, television regular David Hemingson, and a sentimental heart that slips into tragedy with easy grace.

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7 May
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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