Director: James Ponsoldt
Screenwriters: Susan Burke, James Ponsoldt
Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kateâ€™s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, somethingâ€™s got to give. But change isnâ€™t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies sheâ€™s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.
Many films indulge the dramatic highs and lows of addiction. Refreshingly, Smashed is interested in the unglamorous middle pathâ€”what stumbling through recovery looks like. As Kate tests new boundaries and shoulders the consequences of her choices, this subtle story of imperfect transformation taps into truths about the challenges and losses intrinsic to living life honestly. Genuine performances and a grounded sense of place create an authentic, textured world where three-dimensional charactersâ€”neither all bad nor all goodâ€”occupy the uncomfortable grey zone of being human.
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing
Andrea Sperling and Jonathan Schwartz for SMASHED and NOBODY WALKS
- U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 85 min.
- Special Jury Prize