Once Around

Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Screenwriters: Malia Scotch Marmo

Institute History


Lasse Hallstrom first came to the attention of American movie audiences with his widely acclaimed My Life as a Dog in 1987. His American feature debut, Once Around, features an all-star ensemble cast in a comedic fable about life, love and chance within a Boston family—a story about the joys and sorrows and passion that make life worth living.

When Jan (Laura San Giacomo), Renata's younger sister, gets married, it's time for Renata (Holly Hunter) to put the pressure on her longtime live-in boyfriend, Rob. He drops her, and Renata resolves to lake charge of her life by going to the Caribbean to sell time shares. But fate steers her in a more powerful direction when she meets Sam Sharp (Richard Dreyfuss) and falls in love with him at first sight.

Sam is an aggressive, often-overwhelming businessman who follows Renata to Boston, where he proceeds—with only the best of intentions—to disrupt and almost demolish Renata's close-knit, but eccentric, family. Joe Bella (Danny Aiello), Renata's father, feels his position as a patriarch being increasingly usurped by Sam's boundless desire for control and acceptance in the family; his wife Marilyn (Gena Rowlands), on the other hand, quietly rejoices in Sam’s obvious devotion to her daughter. Love, humor, and forgiveness go once more around in the Bella family as they ultimately accept Sam into their hearts.

Producer Amy Robinson was directing a project at the Sundance Institute on which screenwriter Malia Scotch Marmo was working. Upon the recommendation of the Institute's artistic director, Robinson read Marmo’s script and the rest is history. The Sundance Film Festival is exceptionally proud, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Institute to be able to present the completed Once Around as our Opening Night Premiere.

Thursday January 17 7:00 p.m.
Crossroads Cinemas


— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

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