The Event

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"Go in style."
  • R
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.1  (1,098)
  • 42

The Event is a 2003 drama film directed by Thom Fitzgerald and starring Parker Posey, Don McKellar, and Olympia Dukakis. The movie tells the story of a woman named Nick (Posey) who returns to her hometown to attend the funeral of her mother, and uncovers a family secret that changes everything. Nick is a successful financial planner living in New York City who has been estranged from her family for years. When her mother dies, she reluctantly returns to her hometown in Nova Scotia to attend the funeral. There, she reconnects with her brother Matt (McKellar), who has stayed behind to take care of their aging father (Dukakis).

Nick is surprised to learn from her brother that their mother left behind a mysterious letter with instructions to be opened after her death. As Nick and Matt try to decipher the letter's cryptic clues, they uncover a shocking family secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Throughout the movie, Nick and Matt struggle to come to terms with the truth about their family's past and the impact it has had on their lives. As they confront their own demons and try to reconcile with their father, they also must navigate the complicated web of relationships and emotions that have kept them apart for so long.

The Event is a poignant and thought-provoking film that explores themes of family, loss, and identity. The performances of the three lead actors are outstanding, with Posey delivering a particularly nuanced and emotional portrayal of a woman grappling with the weight of her family's secrets.

The movie is beautifully shot, with breathtaking views of the Nova Scotia coastline and an evocative score that enhances the film's emotional impact. Throughout, the pace is measured and deliberate, allowing the characters and their complex relationships to unfold gradually and with great depth.

While The Event is ultimately a drama, it also has moments of humor and levity that balance out its heavier themes. The interactions between Nick and her brother, in particular, are filled with wry wit and affectionate banter that highlight the bonds that still exist beneath their estrangement.

Overall, The Event is a well-crafted and deeply affecting film that will stay with viewers long after its end. Its exploration of family dynamics and the complexities of human relationships is both relatable and thought-provoking, making it a movie that is well worth watching.

The Event is a 2002 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 42.

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    1 hr 50 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (1,098)
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