Ethan and Sophie are a married couple on the brink of separation. At the urging of their therapist, they escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. What starts off as a relaxing and tranquil retreat soon spirals into a dizzyingly bizarre experience that forces the couple to reflect upon the complexities of their troubled partnership. Over the course of a few days, Ethan and Sophie work diligently to rediscover their better selves and embrace the unexpected as everything they once thought was real becomes more and more surreal.
In acclaimed author Charlie McDowell’s highly original directorial debut, Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass deliver delightfully wry and engaging performances as a couple on the verge of dissolution. McDowell injects his distinct, comedic voice into this uncanny exploration of the human relationship—with welcomingly unpredictable results.
About the Director
In June of 2013, Charlie McDowell received glowing reviews for his first book, Dear Girls Above Me, based on his wildly successful Twitter feed, which was ranked sixth on Time magazine’s “Top 140 Twitter Accounts of 2012.” A graduate of the American Film Institute’s directing program, McDowell was awarded a Bridges/Larson grant for his work with actors. While at AFI, he wrote and directed numerous short films, including Bye Bye Benjamin, which screened at festivals nationwide.
Cast and Credits
Director: Charlie McDowell
Screenwriter: Justin Lader
Producer: Mel Eslyn
Executive Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Charlie McDowell, Justin Lader
Cinematographer: Doug Emmett
Editor: Jennifer Lilly
Composers: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Production Designer: Theresa Guleserian
Principal Cast: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
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