Sundance First Look: THE DETAILS

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
December 29th, 2010

The Details

Here's a film that sounds so incredibly disjointed that there is no other option than for it to be outrageous and, hopefully, good. THE DETAILS is set to premiere at Sundance 2011 and is directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (MEAN CREEK).

Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks head up the film which is a...drama? Comedy? Cartoon? What the hell is THE DETAILS about? Check out the synopsis after the break and help me try to figure out this mystery.

Here's the details on THE DETAILS...

Official synopsis:
It all started with the raccoons. After 10 years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy have a young son, an idyllic suburban life, and a marriage that’s stuck. Accordingly, Jeff decides to plant a perfect backyard lawn. Enter the raccoons, who repeatedly tear up his grass. When Jeff tries to eradicate these meddlesome vandals, his efforts initiate a bewildering chain reaction involving a crazy cat lady, multiple infidelities, extortion, organ donation, and somebody on the wrong end of a bow and arrow.
Devilish throughout, The Details is both a love story and a horror story (of the existential kind). The root of Jeff’s dread (and subsequent misdeeds) is that he wants to love his wife but no longer knows how. Filmmaker Jacob Aaron Estes plays with the notion that the tiniest thing can unravel our lives. His narrative spontaneity and anarchic spirit allow characters to keep digging themselves into deeper moral holes to see if the universe will punish them. The result is a darkly funny meditation on marital malaise.

So I'm just imagining Maguire and Banks attacking animals with a child and then crying. Everything about this synopsis makes me want to see this movie. I cannot wait for Sundance 2011 to get going so that we can hear some more news about this sure to be ridiculous film.

Source Sundance

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