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In the Family (Patrick Wang, USA, 2011)

  • Dec 9, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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UPDATE 12/3: Showtime has been announced: 3:30 p.m. We'll be watching a matinee, the price of which is the same as discount admission for an evening show, so no discount passes will be available for this event.

Note: Showtime is 3:30 p.m.  Running time is 169 minutes.  Tickets are $8 for all ages, available at the box office and soon to be available online. We'll meet at the box office beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Writer-director-actor Patrick Wang's debut feature, the domestic drama "In the Family," is one of the most critically acclaimed American indies of 2012 so far, earning a four-star review from Roger Ebert and becoming a New York Times Critics' Pick in addition to picking up festival honors.  The film returns to San Francisco for a second theatrical engagement.

Synopsis: After a car accident claims his partner's life, a Tennesseean man of Chinese descent (Wang) must fight for custody of the boy left behind and confront long-buried issues of identity and family in the process.

Trailer here:

"'In the Family' centers on one of the notable performances I've seen ... This is (Wang's) first feature, and may signal the opening of an important career." -- Roger Ebert

"Remarkably fresh and unpredictable ... One of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year. ... Though Mr. Wang’s directorial eye may be untrained, it is extremely acute. One senses that he is rediscovering the rules of cinema on his own. This is a career to keep an eye on." -- Paul Brunick, The New York Times

"Powerful ... A beautifully written and performed plea for understanding" -- Richard Kuipers, Variety

"With an incisive understanding of character, believably naturalistic acting, and lengthy scenes that don’t feel stretched out so much as given room to breathe, 'In the Family' proves that smart direction and an innate feeling for one’s material trumps potentially precious subject matter." -- Andrew Schenker, Village Voice


  • Best Narrative Feature and Emerging Filmmaker Award, 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Feature and George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, 12th San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Best Feature and Most Promising Filmmaker, 14th Spokane International Film Festival

We'll meet and greet afterward.  Join us!

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  • Alby

    Masterful. Orson Welles and Alain Resnais came to mind as I watched it, and in hindsight I guess that's not a big surprise: Like those guys, Patrick Wang seems intent on breaking every convention in the filmmaking book. His lopsided, obscuring compositions portray a character at the margins of his own life. His flashbacks have the fresh, unprocessed feeling of our own. His screenplay earns its drama the hard way: through luxuriously long, probing, subtle, unsentimental takes with a modicum of musical accompaniment. And that's to say nothing of the many thoughts and conversations it's sure to provoke with its subject matter and approach. I see a fair amount of movies that I'd call great, but I don't often see one like "In the Family," which I would actually recommend to others.

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • Alan S.

      +1. A lesser movie would have told us whether Joey considered himself gay before; how his partner died; who his women friends were; etc. All peripheral.

      December 10, 2012

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    A former member

    Ended up leaving. Saw this film this summer in Wilmington DE. Enjoyed it but not really wanting to see it again. Thanks for planning it I am sure more will enjoy it!

    December 9, 2012

  • Kathy G

    Saw the movie last night. Film maker there for q&a. Wonderfully made film. Surprising turns in the plot

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • Alby

    UPDATE 12/3: Showtime has been announced: 3:30 p.m. We'll be watching a matinee, the price of which is the same as discount admission for an evening show, so no discount passes will be available for this event.

    December 3, 2012

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