WHAT THEY HAD
From first-time writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home
in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious college-age daughter. Forced to referee between her
father’s stubborn insistence that his wife remain at home and her equally determined brother’s
efforts to place her in a sought-after “memory care” facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a
lifetime of family conflict. With her mother’s decline becoming increasingly obvious, longsimmering
resentments make an already difficult decision close to impossible. Starring Hilary Swank,
Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas, What They Had
is an intimate and tender story of a challenge faced by many families.
In Theaters October 19, 2018
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