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A woman and two men sit in a dimly lit dining hall, having a meal. A Christmas tree stands behind them.

The Holdovers

  Alexander Payne

  United States     133 minutes


Nobody likes teacher Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti) — not his students, not his fellow faculty, and not the headmaster, who all find his pomposity and rigidity exasperating. With no family and nowhere to go over the Christmas holiday in 1970, Paul is forced to remain at school to supervise students who are also unable to go home. After a few days, only one holdover remains — a trouble-making 15-year-old named Angus (Dominic Sessa), a good student whose bad behavior threatens to get him expelled. Joining Paul and Angus is head cook Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an African-American woman whose son was recently lost in Vietnam.

In his latest film, Alexander Payne, the Oscar-winning writer-director of The Descendants and Sideways, goes back to the ’70s of his youth, telling a nostalgic and comedic story of three very different shipwrecked people who together learn they are not beholden to their past, but can choose their own futures.


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Film Credits

  •   Mark Johnson, P.G.A., Bill Block, David Hemingson
  •   David Hemingson
  •   Kevin Tent, ACE
  •   Eigil Bryld
  •   Paul Giamatti, Da'vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa
  •   Mark Orton
  •   Andrew Golov, Thom Zadra, Chris Stinson
  •   Miramax, Gran Via Production
  •   https://www.focusfeatures.com/the-holdovers


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