A drama was released to home theaters this weekend that depicts one viewpoint of what happens when a family is struck by tragedy.
According to the production company, “The Goldfinch” is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed bestseller of the same name, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and spent more than 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Divergent”) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love.
Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.
Other stars in the film include: Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge!” and “The Hours”) as Mrs. Barbour, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things” and “It”) as Young Boris, Sarah Paulson (“12 Years a Slave” and “Carol”) as Xandra.
According to IMDb trivia, the painting featured in the novel, “The Goldfinch,” is work by Carel Fabritius from 1654. It belongs to the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. Author Donna Tartt first saw the painting 20 years before the release of the book.
Also, the trivia said Wolfhard was not director John Crowley’s first choice for young Boris, as Crowley wanted to cast young Russian theater actors from New York, but Wolfhard ultimately won the role by impressing Crowley and dialect coach Kristina Nazarevskaia in his audition with a perfect Russian accent.
The film is rated R for drug use and language.
Other films releasing to home theaters this weekend include:
n “Bennett’s War,” directed by Alex Ranarivelo and starring Ali Afshar, Allison Paige, Michael Roark and Hunter Clowdus. After surviving an IED explosion in combat overseas, Marshall Bennett, a young soldier in the Army Ranger Motorcycle Unit, is medically discharged and told that one more accident could mean he may never walk again. When he gets home to his family farm, he discovers that his dad is behind in the mortgage and may lose the farm. Against all odds, Bennett pledges to help his family by the only means he knows how - to get back on his bike and do what he does best.
This film is rated PG-13 for some language and brief violence.
n “Killerman,” directed by Malik Bader and starring Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero and Nickola Shreli. A New York City money launderer named Moe Diamond desperately searches for answers after waking up with no memory, millions in stolen cash and drugs, and an insane crew of dirty cops violently hunting him down.
This film is rated R for violence, pervasive language, drug material and some sexuality.
The synopsis of each film comes from the Rotten Tomatoes website.