Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben’s mother, Holly, feels relieved and welcoming, but distrusts her son’s drug addiction. During the turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s eternal love is put to the test while Holly does her best to keep Ben clean.
Initial release: December 7, 2018 (USA)
Director: Peter Hedges
Screenplay: Peter Hedges
Music composed by: Tindersticks.
Producers: Peter Hedges, Teddy Schwarzman, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson
Seventy seven days That is the time that Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges’ discovery of “Manchester by the Sea”) has been clean when he shows up at his family’s house for Christmas. Judging by the look on Julia Roberts’ face, a tangle of delight, worry, fear and forgiveness that is both universal and something that only this living actress could convey so well, her return is the best gift any mother could wait. As for the rest of the family, they are not so sure. Ben has a bad habit of relapsing and ruining vacations, and anything could happen in the next 24 hours.
“Ben is back” is the story of a day in the life of the Burnses, during which this prodigal son will test the love of all who care for him, and will remind the public everywhere why the World-class writer and director Roberts is what writer and director Peter Hedges was described as “the mother of mothers” at the premiere of the Toronto Film Festival.
And yes, before you ask: Hedges, the family helper “Pieces of April,” is Lucas’s real-life father, creating a part that shows the skills of the talented 21-year-old as well. Frankly, the whole movie is the weirdest gift for his cast, giving almost all the characters the chance to play not only in the present moment, but also in the complicated story they have established with Ben in the past, as well as in any opportunity that you see. In the future of the young person with problems.