film of the month – The Holdovers

director:Alexander Payne
title:The Holdovers
released:22nd April 2024


In Alexander Payne’s touching film The Holdovers, Paul Giamatti takes on the role of a seasoned instructor stuck at a New England prep school during the holiday break. Tasked with looking after a handful of students left behind, he discovers a special bond with one of them, a smart yet troubled troublemaker played by newcomer Dominic Sessa. As the days pass, amidst the winter chill, the grumpy teacher finds unexpected comfort and friendship in the warmth of camaraderie, particularly with the school’s head cook, portrayed by the talented Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Together, they navigate through their own personal challenges, including the cook’s heartache over losing her son to the Vietnam War. Through moments of solitude and shared understanding, they learn that compassion and connection can heal even the deepest wounds, reminding us all of the beauty of human empathy and resilience.


American director, screenwriter, and producer, Alexander Payne made a splash in the film world with his 1996 debut Citizen Ruth. His initial four features received widespread acclaim, but it was the Oscar darling Sideways in 2004 that thrust him into the awards limelight, it won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Payne sustained his reputation as a perennial Oscar contender with subsequent films, reaching a pinnacle with Nebraska, a best picture nominee that epitomises his style: a blend of dark humour with grounded, real-world struggles.


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