Director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard). His wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken (Margo Martindale) and her husband Charles (Chris Cooper) and their son "Little" Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also arriving are Violet's three daughters: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and wild child Karen (Juliette Lewis), who brings her fiancé Steve (Dermot Mulroney). As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear. August: Osage County screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.~Perry Seibert
Feature and deleted scenes Commentary with Director John Wells and Cinematographer Adriano Goldman
This is a searing drama about a dysfunctional family reuniting after the death of the patriarch, under suspicious circumstances. The gradual unfolding of wounds - long past, and some fresh - is heart rending. If you can watch this, and not be grateful your own family, then you have my deepest sympathy. The discomfort of seeing all this pain unfold is offset by the stunning performance of Meryl Streep as the matriarch who still dominates lives, directly and indirectly, for better or for worse.
Adding to the realness is the "anti-glam" makeup on the actresses, all of whom also play their parts well.
I have to admit that the first time through, this was difficult to watch. Knowing the full story made the second time a chance to admire great artistry. But that's the advantage of owning a dvd, *when* the film is truly great.
This is a fine release of a relentlessly depressing movie. It's a movie that tries to impose some humor into some intense family cruelty (and largely fails). Good to great performances all around and the picture quality on the disc is very nice.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Very good movie
There are only a few very good movies produced each year. This is one of them. A drama about complex family lives and relationships that are not uncommon or far from real-life of many Americans. Worth watching, unless you are completely into action movies.
an all star cast with two academy award nominees for two of the actresses...three daughters return home during a family crisis...each with her own life with their own problems, but also with a mother who is in need
The acting is impeccable and the story is a stunning and disturbing combination of laughter through tears. If you can't see your own family in the story, you will at least recognize someone you know! You will laugh and at times, you will be shocked at the dysfunction of this recognizable family. I saw the play in Boston. The stage version was more adaptable to the humor. But still an excellent film!