"Ordinary People" - LCCC Film Series

Ordinary People - LCCC Film Series

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Ordinary People

LCCC Film Series
Date: November 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

1980 (R) 124 min. USA
Director: Robert Redford
Cast: Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth McGovern

Devastated by the loss of their older son, well-to-do suburban couple Calvin and Beth are trying to rebuild their lives after their younger son, Conrad, attempts suicide. While Beth, who always favored the elder son, retreats into an icy, emotionless shell, Calvin tries to draw Conrad back into the family and into life as a teenager. Conrad sings in the choir and returns to the swim team, but both his brother’s death and his own experiences traumatize him. Conrad reluctantly begins therapy sessions with Berger, which allow him some respite from the unbearable grief and guilt he carries with him. As Conrad makes strides, Calvin realizes that he no longer knows his wife and is both saddened and angered by how seemingly emotionless she has become. A classic portrait of family life in the face of tragedy, Robert Redford’s award-winning directorial debut is moving and thought provoking. Based on the novel by Judith Guest, the film features the debuts of Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern as well as breakthrough performances from Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.

A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.

“Each character in this movie is given the dramatic opportunity to look inside himself, to question his own motives as well as the motives of others, and to try to improve his own ways of dealing with a troubled situation. Two of the characters do learn how to adjust; the third doesn’t. It’s not often we get characters who face those kinds of challenges on the screen, nor directors who seek them out. ORDINARY PEOPLE is an intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.” – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“With the skill of a practiced surgeon, Redford gradually peels away the protective layers of his characters, exposing their flaws, their darkest fears and ultimately, their innermost feelings.” – Kathleen Carroll, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself. This is not very show-bizzy stuff, but for once, a movie star has used his power to create not light entertainment or a trendy political statement, but a work that addresses itself quietly and intelligently to issues everyone who attempts to raise children must face.” – Richard Schickel, TIME

“A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them. Not since Robert Benton’s KRAMER VS. KRAMER has there been a movie that so effectively catches the look, sound and temper of a particular kind of American existence.” – Vincent Canby, THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Tags: arts and entertainment, lccc, movies, films

Posted By: Lorain County Community College



Event Details

Date: November 8, 2019
Time: 7:30pm

Location:
Stocker Center
1005 N Abbe Rd
Elyria OH 44035

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