Wednesday 7 December 2016
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
Captain Fantastic – Wednesday 7 December 2016
Directed by Matt Ross
119 mins Drama
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, devoted father Ben (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family with the unexpected death of Ben’s wife Leslie (Trin Miller), the family is forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them.
Winning Un Certain Regard – Director’s Prize at Cannes, the bulk of the film involves the journey the family takes from their home in the forests of Washington
State to New Mexico to attend Leslie’s funeral. A practising Buddhist, Leslie had charged Ben with making sure she is cremated, but her wealthy parents
(Frank Langella, Ann Dowd) have other ideas, and plan to give her a Christian burial officiated by a priest who never knew her.
When Ben and his children, after a very long drive across country in their battered but surprisingly durable bus, make contact with Leslie’s family, the film is at its best. The grieving parents aren’t demonised because their values are so different from those of their daughter and grandchildren, but the clash of beliefs becomes a challenging battlefield.
This debut feature from writer-director Matt Ross is a consistently interesting and involving exploration of an alternative lifestyle and how it works — with all its pluses and minuses — in the 21st century. The acting, from every member of the cast, is just about flawless.
“Thematically massive, tonally bold, determinedly non-formulaic and featuring a perfectly cast leading man at the top of his game ... Movies this good don't come along that often. Funny, moving, tender, tough ... just endless things about it to love”.
C J Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
“The road trip has echoes of Little Miss Sunshine and there is heartache and hilarity ...”
Allan Hunter, Daily Express
“...a strange ride, but a haunting little film”.
Julian Wood, Filmink
Some great films are screening at Noosa 5 now, including Hacksaw Ridge (with Mel Gibson), The Founder with a standout (possible) Oscar winning performance by Michael Keaton and The Light Between Oceans (based on the book of the same name) . Contact Noosa 5 for further details.
An informal film discussion group meets once a month the Thursday after the last Film Society screening (of that month) at 2:30pm at Padstows, Noosa Junction. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 1 December. Email email@example.com with your name and telephone number and we will give you any further updates.
A big thank you to everyone who attended this year's inaugural Noosa International Film Festival. From the Inside Cinema event with John Seale through to the final credits for the feature films and shorts on Sunday 6 November, the event was well supported. Thanks in particular to NFS member and NIFF Festival Curator Arnold Kopff whose untiring efforts over the past 13 months came to fruition on the weekend.
Remaining screening dates for 2016: December: 7;
Confirmed dates 2017: January 30; February 8, 22, 27; March 8, 22, 27; April 10; May 1, 10, 24, 29; June 14, 26; July 12, 26, 31; August 9, 23, 28; September 13; October 11, 25, 30; November 8, 22, 27; December 6.