Movie of the Month (August 2017)

In August 2017 we choose a movie for you:

“Ordinary People”

Directed by: Robert Redford

Based on: “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest published in 1976

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timoty Hutton
Year: 1980
Running time: 124 min
Awards: 6 Academy Awards Nominee and 4 Academy Awards won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Male Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay.

Plot: Ordinary People is an American drama which narrates about the Jarrets, an upper- middle-class family who lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, strained by the death of the oldest teenaged son Buck, who died in a boat accident. The story concerns the relationship intercurring between the three other members of the family: Conrad, the younger son, who attempted suicide after the death of his brother; Beth, a mother and woman focused on success in the social norm of appearance and approval by others; and Conrad, father and husband experiencing his greif trying to connect with his son Conrad and understand his wife Beth.

We choose this movie because of the deep and sensitive relationship between Conrad and his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger, and how it describes the impact of a suicide act on a family that necessarily has to deal with it.


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