Director: Phil Morrison
Screenwriters: Angus MacLachlan
Director Phil Morrison and screenwriter Angus MacLachlan have forged a creative relationship that delivers an expertly crafted filmâ€”one that brings the idiosyncrasies of the modern South into sharp relief, and unearths the discovery that families can be experts at masking their own dysfunction. In Junebug, the unexpected appearance of an outsider illuminates one clan's unresolved resentments and repressed anxieties.
Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) comes to her family as an infusion of unapologetic big-city swaggerâ€”a sophisticated gallery owner from Chicago who becomes the new wife of George (Alessandro Nivola). On a road trip to close a deal with a reclusive North Carolina artist, George finally resolves to introduce Madeleine to his family: prickly mother Peg (Celia Weston); taciturn father Eugene (Scott Wilson); cranky brother Johnny (Ben McKenzie), who has always suffered in the shadow of golden boy George; and Johnny's very pregnant, childlike wife Ashley (Amy Adams), who is instantly awestruck by her Yankee sister-in-law.
Kudos to the creative team who assembled a gifted cast so perfect that they imbue each scene with spot-on emotional pitch. Junebug is blessed to have Morrison's sure-handed and insightful direction. And MacLachlan has crafted a regional tale so pure and so authentic that it's clear that southern storytelling has found its voice again.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2009, Sundance Institute Film Series
- U.S.A., 102 min.
- Special Jury Prize for Acting