The ap­peal of liv­ing off-grid, adopt­ing a prim­i­tivist lifestyle dis­con­nected from the main­stream

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

An un­con­ven­tional fam­ily leaves its wilder­ness home and tries to adapt to the world out­side the forests of the Pa­cific North­west in Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic, a hu­mor­ous, chal­leng­ing and ul­ti­mately mov­ing drama from writer and di­rec­tor Matt Ross. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) have cre­ated an offthe-grid par­adise for their fam­ily. In a self-suf­fi­cient, hand­crafted com­pound, Ben teaches his six chil­dren the skills they need to sur­vive in the deep for­est, as well as pro­vid­ing them with a rig­or­ous phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual ed­u­ca­tion. But when a fam­ily tragedy forces the Cashes to re­turn to the out­side world, Ben’s ideas of what it means to be a par­ent are chal­lenged and he must con­front the price his chil­dren are pay­ing for his dream. Writ­ten and di­rected by Matt Ross (28 Ho­tel Rooms), Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic stars Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings fran­chise, East­ern Prom­ises), Frank Lan­gella (Frost/Nixon, Ro­bot & Frank), Ge­orge MacKay (“11.22.63,” Pride), Sa­man­tha Isler (“Sean Saves the World,” Dig Two Graves), An­nalise Basso (Red Road, Ouji 2), Ni­cholas Hamil­ton (Stranger­land, Time), Shree Crooks (“Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story,” “Ray Dono­van”), Char­lie Shotwell (Man Down, “The Co­me­di­ans”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers,” Com­pli­ance), Erin Mo­ri­arty (“Jes­sica Jones,” “True De­tec­tive”), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, The Artist), with Kathryn Hahn (“Trans­par­ent,” Af­ter­noon De­light), and Steve Zahn (War for the Planet of the Apes, Res­cue Dawn). The film is pro­duced by Lynette How­ell Tay­lor (Big Eyes, The Place Be­yond the Pines), Jamie Pa­tri­cof (The Place Be­yond the Pines, Half Nel­son), Shivani Rawat (Trumbo, Danny Collins) and Mon­ica Levin­son (Trumbo, Bo­rat). Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers are Nimitt Mankad (Trumbo, Danny Collins) and De­clan Bald­win (Still Alice, Far From Heaven). Co-pro­duc­ers are Sa­man­tha Hous­man (Alex of Venice, 28 Ho­tel Rooms), Crys­tal Pow­ell (The Place Be­yond the Pines, 28 Ho­tel Rooms) and Louise Runge (Alex of Venice, 28 Ho­tel Rooms). Di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy is Stéphane Fon­taine (Rust and Bone, A Prophet). Pro­duc­tion de­signer is Rus­sell Barnes (Ocu­lus, Cold in July). Ed­i­tor is Joseph Krings (28 Ho­tel Rooms, The Mend). Cos­tume de­signer is Courtney Hoff­man (The Hate­ful Eight, The Boy Next Door). Cast­ing is by Jeanne McCarthy (Fox­catcher, Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind). Orig­i­nal mu­sic by Alex Somers (Aloha, We Bought a Zoo). Mu­sic su­per­vi­sor is Chris Douri­das (What Maisie Knew, Amer­i­can Beauty). Sound de­signer is Frank Gaeta (The De­scen­dants, Twi­light).

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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