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USA, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

A wry comedy of family foibles set over the course of three successive Thanksgiving dinners, as three adult children and their partners return to the family nest for the traditional holiday feast, discovering over time that even as the world undergoes dramatic change, blood is thicker than gravy.

The film begins as each of the grown siblings arrives at their father’s house for the holidays, horrified upon arrival to see the changes his new wife (Rita Rudner) has wrought on the family home since her recent wedding to their wealthy, widowed father. As the annual feast proceeds, familial dysfunction gives rise to an amusing series of close encounters as each of the family members in turn displays an interest in things that are clearly off the table. While that first holiday ritual with their new stepmother sets the stage for all that is to follow, subsequent Thanksgiving get-togethers spin the kith and kin further off the rails, as cracks continue to open up in the family firmament and the world approaches the brink of financial meltdown. By turns awkward, outrageous and raucously amusing, this seriously funny new film serves up all the undercurrents that put the “dys” in family functions.

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DIRECTOR: Martin Bergman
Producer: Martin Bergman, Sam Friedlander
Editor: Jesse Wheeler
Screenwriter: Martin Bergman
Cinematographer: Jesse Eisenhardt
Principal Cast: Paul Dooley, Rita Rudner, Steve Purnick, Brian Lohmann, Edi Patterson, Kelly Holden
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Ritmar Productions -

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