LFF: The Holdovers

BBFC RatingLFF: The Holdovers

Showing: 14 October 2023

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Sat 14 Oct 2023

CertificateNot Rated
GenreComedy, Drama
Director(s)Alexander Payne
Writer(s)David Hemingson
Running Time2HR 13MINS
Extra InfoRecommended 15+
SeasonBFI London Film Festival at QFT

As the students of New England prep school Barton Academy excitedly depart for the winter holidays, a ragtag bunch with nowhere to go are forced to stay behind.

Making things worse, their appointed ‘babysitter’ is the cantankerous Professor Hunham (Paul Giamatti). But as the days pass, the grumpy professor forms an unexpected bond with smart-but-troubled student Angus (Dominic Sessa), and Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), the school’s cook, who is grieving the loss of her son.

Alexander Payne reunites with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti in a film that strikes the perfect balance between pathos and playfulness. The Holdovers is just the kind of warm-hearted and thoughtful work we have come to expect from one of contemporary cinema’s great humanist filmmakers.

Please note: this festival screening will start promptly at the advertised time and will not include ads or trailers.

Presented as part of the 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.