For lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), life with their two teenage children in suburban LA is quiet and a little too comfortable. But when the kids go behind their back and track down the sperm donor who made it all possible, things start to get complicated.
Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko mixes family drama and comedy to paint an orthodox picture of an unorthodox family. Features standout performances from Moore and Bening, along with Mark Ruffalo as the hippy man-child Paul, who makes a better sperm donor than he does a father.
The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion, drawing out some sociological themes raised in the film on gender, family, sexuality, and social change, and featuring Dr Lisa Smyth, Dr Cate McNamee, and Dr Danielle Mackle (all Sociology, QUB).
Real to Reel: Film and Social Life is a new monthly sociological cinema series presented in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University.