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The Glass Castle

Home goes wherever we go.

Reflective and cumulatively poignant, Destin Cretton’s The Glass Castle lays bare the utmost truth about families: You will eventually morph into your parents. Adapted by Cretton (who already chronicled the domestic strokes of a resilient community of young people in Short Term 12) and Andrew Lanham from New York columnist Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir on her unconventional upbringing, The Glass Castle fondly wears this indisputable wisdom on its sleeve. It affirms – one painful, character-defining memory at a time – that our parents can be a source of both unconditional love and shameful secrets.

We first meet the successful 1980s Jeannette (Brie Larson, impressively striding an intricate line between composed and chaotic) working as a high-powered NYC journalist. Through well-dispersed flashbacks, we gradually see beyond her impeccable facade, composed of half-hearted lies to strangers, about her family origins. She and her three siblings were raised on the verge of homelessness and poverty by nomadic, negligent but free-spirited and oddly magnetic parents (a towering Woody Harrelson with bravura appeal and a fiercely eccentric Naomi Watts) who rejected all institutionalized comforts. Having no other choice, the kids had to enter adulthood prematurely, making a private pact to one day leave behind their West Virginia shack and all its broken promises. But can you really turn your back on who you are?

– Tomris Laffly, Time Out


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Directed by: 
Destin Daniel Cretton
Running Time: 
Brie Larson,Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Max Greenfield

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