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Drama - Family, Drama - US

American Pastoral (2017 in Spain)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A 1997 book of the same name by Phillip Roth
Writer/s Script John Romano
Director Ewan McGregor
Starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakta Famming, Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, David Strathearn, Valorie Curry
Elevator Pitch Seymour Levov is the epitomy of a successful jewish American, a consumate sportsman, a former marine, the inheritor of his father’s glove factory and the spouse of a former contender for the Miss America title. He lives with his family in the New Jersey countryside, but their idyllic world falls apart when the local post office is blown up, apparently by their 16 year old daughter.
Content A succession of scenes from the life of Syemour Levov, “the Swede”. He falls out with his daughter. The glove factory survives race riots in Newark. After the daughter’s disappearance the husband and wife attempt to reconstruct their lives, interupted by a young woman with information about her. Not much drinking, no drugs, a bit of obscured nudity and a curious sexual encounter in a hotel room.
A View I have read the book, and the script attempts to cover all the main themes. This is an impossibility and the result is that everything is skimmed over. Not everything is completely clear – or in the book either. Not widely distributed. Maybe wait until it is cheap or free to watch on TV.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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