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The Lears2017. USA. 110 min.
Director: Carl Bessai Featuring: Anthony Michael Hall, Bruce Dern, Sean Astin, Aly Michalka, Victoria Smurfit, James Hoare, Nic Bishop.
World-renowned architect Davenport Lear (Bruce Dern) summons his dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat to test their love. Set in of one of Davenport’s signature architectural masterpieces, a quirky black comedy emerges in this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic King Lear. Davenport announces he is to marry his younger personal assistant, setting off an explosive round of humorously devious behavior. Each of his children vies for his favor, consumed by self-interest, greed, and jealousy. The Lears raises fundamental questions about the nature of love, sexuality, family relationships, and honesty. Discussion with actors Anthony Michael Hall, Ivy Matheson, and James Hoare, writer-director Carl Bessai, and producer Irwin Olian, moderated by Mark Edmundson (UVA)