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An American businessman's upper middle class life is thrown into turmoil in this 1960s domestic drama. Ewan McGregor's directorial debut, which adapts Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and stars himself and Jennifer Connelly.
"The film's elegant framing device introduces Seymour's (McGregor) former classmate, and Roth's inveterate alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman (David Strathairn). At a high-school reunion, Zuckerman catches up with Seymour's brother, Jerry (Rupert Evans), and discovers the remarkable tale of his old friend. A successful businessman with a happy family, Seymour's life begins to slide off the rails when his teenaged daughter, Merry (Fanning), becomes radicalised in reaction to the war in Vietnam. Soon she rejects her family's comfortable existence for a secret life of violent protest."
"Through a combination of Jerry's disclosures and Zuckerman's own recollections of his fleeting encounters with Seymour, a complex portrait is gradually constructed, one that speaks to the experience of not simply one man, but rather of an entire generation struggling to comprehend the dissolution of a dream." (Toronto International Film Festival)
- Ewan McGregor(feature debut)
- John Romano (based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth)
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