About the Story
Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) is a war photographer whose work has taken her to the most dangerous places in the world. It is therefore tragic – and ironic – when she dies in a car accident a few miles from her safe and secure home in a New York suburb, leaving a grief-stricken husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and two sons, Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid), to mourn her sudden loss. The story begins three years later, when a retrospective of Isabelle’s photography is in the works. Gene enlists the help of Jonah, his elder son, who appears to be functional and in-control, but who is actually overwhelmed and confused by developments in his own life, including marriage and a new baby. Gene is more concerned about Conrad, his teenage son, who seems to be more affected by the loss of his mother than his brother. Conrad has withdrawn into the world of computer games and fantasy, rejecting his father’s attempts to connect with him. Gene too is still struggling with the process of re-entry following his wife’s death. He is attracted to Hannah (Amy Ryan), a co-worker at the school where he teaches, but is tentative about starting a brand new relationship.
Everything is thrown into relief by the impending photo retrospective. In examining Isabelle’s images, and reconsidering their memories of her place in their lives, Gene, Jonah, and Conrad confront important revelations about the woman they loved – and who loved them, in her own way: she had an ongoing affair with her co-worker, Richard (David Strathairn), and there are questions surrounding the circumstances of her death. Isabelle Reed was a complicated woman who lived – and died – by her choices. Now, her husband and sons can learn from their memories, move forward, and find the confidence to make their own choices in life. Most importantly, they understand that, even in her absence, the four of them remain a family.
About the Cast
ISABELLE HUPPERT (ISABELLE REED)
Isabelle Huppert’s first appearances on film in Bertrand Blier’s “Going Places,” and Bertrand Tavernier’s “The Judge and the Assassin” called attention to her singular talent. She won a British Academy Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her role in “The Lacemaker,” and entered into a longstanding collaboration with Claude Chabrol in a variety of genres, including comedy in “The Swindle,” drama in “Story of Women,” film noir in “Merci Pour le Chocolat,” classical literary adaptation in “Madame Bovary,” and even politics in “Comedy of Power.” She has received several Best Actress awards for her performances in Chabrol’s films: in Cannes for “Violette,” in Venice for “Story of Women,” in Moscow for “Madame Bovary,” and again in Venice as well as at the Césars (French Oscars) for “La Cérémonie.” Huppert has worked with renowned French film directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, André Téchiné, Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chéreau, Michael Haneke, Raoul Ruiz, Benoit Jacquot, Claire Denis, Christian Vincent, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Olivier Assayas, François Ozon, Anne Fontaine, Eva Ionesco, Joachim Lafosse, Serge Bozon or Catherine Breillat. She also worked with such great international directors as Michael Cimino, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger, the Taviani brothers, Marco Ferreri, Hal Hartley, David O. Russell, Werner Schroeter, and Andrzej Wajda. She was recently seen in films by Rithy Panh, Brillante Mendoza and Hong Sang Soo. Venice awarded her for her role in Patrice Chéreau’s “Gabrielle,” and her overall career with a Special Jury Golden Lion. In Cannes she twice received the Best Actress Award (the second time for Michael Haneke’s “The Piano Teacher”), and was also appointed a Jury member, Master of Ceremony, and the President of the Jury for the 62nd edition of the prestigious festival.
Beyond cinema, Isabelle Huppert has an international career in the theatre. She has acted under the direction of Robert Wilson (Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” Heiner Muller‘s “Quartett”), Peter Zadek (William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”), and Claude Régy, (Sarah Kane‘s “4.48 Psychosis,” Claudel’s “Joan of Arc at the Stake”), to name a few. She has also performed in Euripides’ “Medea” directed by Jacques Lassalle and presented at the Avignon Festival, in Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” directed by Eric Lacascade, in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, Jean Genet’s “The Maids” directed by Benedict Andrews, which was shown at the Sydney Theater Company and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City Center. This year she will be in Marivaux’s “Les Fausses Confidences” directed by Luc Bondy. Three of Huppert’s films were shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs” and Guillaume Nicloux’s “Valley of Love” in the Official Competition, and Samuel Benchetrit’s “Asphalte” in Séance Spéciale. She most recently received universal acclaim for her starring role in Mia Hansen –Loves “Things To Come” at Berlin 2016.
Isabelle Huppert was made Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honour and Officer in the National Order of Merit and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
GABRIEL BYRNE (GENE REED)
Gabriel Byrne has starred in more than 60 feature films including “Miller’s Crossing,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Excalibur,” “Into The West,” “Little Women,” “Dead Man,” “The End Of Violence,” “The Man In The Iron Mask,” “Vanity Fair,” “Jindabyne,” and “Wah-Wah.” On Broadway, he received a Tony nomination for his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon For The Misbegotten” and he won the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in “A Touch Of The Poet.” Gabriel starred as “Dr. Paul Weston” in HBO’s “In Treatment,” for which he received the Golden Globe Award and was nominated twice for the Emmy. As “Louder Than Bombs” opens in the U.S., he will once again star in an O’Neill play on Broadway, This time playing IN “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” opposite Jessica Lange.
JESSE EISENBERG (JONAH REED)
Jesse Eisenberg’s recent films include “The End of the Tour,” “American Ultra,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in the role of Lex Luthor. Other credits include “The Double,” “Night Moves,” “The Social Network” (Academy Award nomination, Best Actor), “Now You See Me,” “Zombieland,” “Adventureland,” “The Squid and the Whale” and “Roger Dodger.” He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine and the author of the collection “Bream Gives Me Hiccups,” from Grove Press. Also a playwright, Eisenberg wrote “The Spoils” for The New Group, and starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in his play, “The Revisionist,” and in 2011 he wrote and starred in the play “Asuncion” at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Drama League Nomination).
DEVIN DRUID (CONRAD REED)
Devin Druid, a Virginia native, is an up and coming young talent with work that shows a depth seldom seen at his age. He developed a love for performing after receiving a standing ovation at his school talent show, which brought him the opportunity to serve as the front-man for an all-teen rock band. He stumbled into an acting career while accompanying his younger brother to auditions. Since then, Devin has performed in a number of films, playing a bully, an urban skater, a witness to a murder, a troubled teen, and a cold-blooded killer. The emotional depth and complexity of the character Milo in “Disgrace” allowed Devin to take his craft to the next level. He received critical praise as a guest-star on theF X series “Louie” as Young Louie, acting opposite Jeremy Renner and F. Murray Abraham. Devin was featured as Christopher, the son of Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, in the HBO mini- series “Olive Kitteridge.”
AMY RYAN (HANNAH BRENNAN)
Amy Ryan’s most recent credits include “The Infiltrator,” Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” “Monster Trucks,” “Goosebumps,” “Don Verdean,” and the Oscar®winning “Birdman” for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, which won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in A Motion Picture.
Prior to “Birdman,” Ryan was last seen on screen in writer/director Drake Doremus’ “Breathe In,” in which she starred with Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. Other recent credits include “Clear History” directed by Greg Mottola for HBO in which she co-starred with Larry David and Jon Hamm, and “Devil’s Knot” directed by Atom Egoyan, co- starring with Colin Firth.
For her acclaimed performance in “Gone Baby Gone” she was recognized with Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, she won numerous Best Supporting Actress awards including those from the National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the L.A. Film Critics. Her other film credits include “Win Win,” “Green Zone,” “Jack Goes Boating,” “Changeling,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Capote,” “Dan in Real Life,” “War of the Worlds,” “Keane,” “You Can Count On Me” and “The Missing Person.”
Ryan made her Broadway debut in Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Sisters Rosensweig.” For her work in the 2000 production of “Uncle Vanya,” she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In 2005, she appeared as Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” earning her second Tony nomination. She also starred in Neil LaBute’s “The Distance From Here” in London’s West End. In 2013 she starred in Lisa D’Amour’s critically acclaimed play “Detroit,” directed by Anne Kaufman at Playwrights Horizons. Her television work includes her memorable portrayals as Holly Flax on ‘The Office,” Adele on “In Treatment” and Officer Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell on “The Wire.”
DAVID STRATHAIRN (RICHARD WEISSMAN)
David Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Oscar- nominated drama “Good Night, and Good Luck.” He won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO project, “Temple Grandin” in 2011 and was nominated in 2012 for his portrayal of John Dos Passos in HBO’s “Hemingway and Gelhorn.” His 2005 Independent Spirit nomination was the fourth in a stellar career that dates back to his 1980 motion picture debut in John Sayles’s first film, “The Return of the Secaucus Seven.” Strathairn subsequently collaborated with Sayles on seven titles, winning the IFP honor for his supporting performance in “City of Hope,” while collecting two additional nominations for “Passion Fish” and “Limbo.”
Strathairn continued a busy screen career with co-starring roles in several critically acclaimed films, including Tim Robbins’s directorial debut, “Bob Roberts;” Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own;” “Losing Isaiah;” Sydney Pollack’s “The Firm;” “Sneakers;” Taylor Hackford’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Dolores Claiborne;” and Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays;” as well as two projects with Curtis Hansen: “The River Wild” and the Oscar-winning “L.A. Confdential,” in which Strathairn shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the all-star ensemble cast. His additional movie credits include “Memphis Belle,” “A Map of the World,” “Simon Birch,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Missing in America,” Michael Hoffman’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Philip Kaufman’s “Twisted,” “The Bourne Ultimatum” directed by Paul Greengrass, “The Tempest” starring opposite Helen Mirren, and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” He was most recently seen in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” directed by John Madden.
RACHEL BROSNAHAN (ERIN)
Rachel Brosnahan has begun work on Season 2 of WGN-America’s hit 1940’s drama “Manhattan.” Other film and TV credits include the Netflix hit show “House of Cards” as call girl Rachel Posner, HBO’s critically acclaimed miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” recurring roles on NBC’s “The Blacklist” and ABC’s “Black Box,” “Beautiful Creatures,” the CBS miniseries “The Dovekeepers,” and Disney’s “The Finest Hours.” She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
RUBY JERINS (MELANIE)
In addition to playing Grace on “Nurse Jackie” since 2009, Ruby Jerins starred in Summit features’ “Remember Me” playing opposite Robert Pattinson, as well as opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese feature, “Shutter Island.” The daughter of artist Edgar Jerins and actress Alana Jerins, and sister of child actress Sterling Jerins, Ruby made her début in the film “The Wedding” in 2001, and has also guest-starred or recurred in television series such as “Kidnapped,” “Law & Order,” “The Guiding Light,” “As The World Turns,” “Six Degrees” and “SNL.”
MEGAN KETCH (AMY)
Upon graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts, Megan Ketch landed the female lead in the ABC drama pilot “Gotham.” Since then she has appeared in numerous television shows including “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Under The Dome,” and “Reckless.” Her feature debut was in “The Big Wedding” opposite Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and Amanda Seyfried.
About the Director
JOACHIM TRIER is an internationally celebrated director and screenwriter. His critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature films “Reprise” (2006) and “Oslo, August 31st” (2011), both co-written with Eskil Vogt, have been invited to and have won awards at international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Gothenburg, Milan, and Istanbul. “Oslo, August 31st” was selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for the César award for Best Foreign Film in 2013, after reaching over 180, 000 admissions at theatres in France. “Reprise” received the 2007 Amanda Award (Norway’s top film award) for Best Norwegian Film, Best Director and Best Script. The film was released in the US by Miramax and was the Norwegian Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Film in 2006. Hailed as “a sublimely natural talent,“ Trier was named one of 20 Directors to Watch by the New York Times in 2013. “Louder Than Bombs” (2015) is his English language film debut and his first appearance in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by JOACHIM TRIER
Written by ESKIL VOGT & JOACHIM TRIER
Director of Photography, JAKOB IHRE, FSF
Production Designer, MOLLY HUGHES
Editor OLIVIER BUGGE COUTTÉ
Costume Designer EMMA POTTER
Composer OLA FLØTTUM
Sound Design GISLE TVEITO
Casting LAURA ROSENTHAL
Line Producer KATHRYN DEAN
Co-Producers BO EHRHARDT, MIKKEL JERSIN
Executive Producers SIGVE ENDRESEN, FREDERICK W. GREEN, MICHAEL B. CLARK, EMILIE GEORGES, NICHOLAS SHUMAKER, NAIMA ABED, JOACHIM TRIER, ESKIL VOGT
Produced by THOMAS ROBSAHM, JOSHUA ASTRACHAN, ALBERT BERGER & RON YERXA, MARC TURTLETAUB, ALEXANDRE MALLET-GU