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Imaginary Heroes
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Daniel Harris


This realistic family film starring Sigourney Weaver and Emile Hirsch as a loving mother and son asks some deep questions about mortality, the risks of depression, and staying together verses splitting up. Living in a beautiful house in a manicured suburban neighborhood, the Travis family seems flawless at first glance. That is, until the handsome eldest son (Kip Pardue), a star swimmer, commits suicide, leaving the family in pieces. The father (Jeff Daniels), rejects the other members of the family, becoming distant and aloof. The college-student daughter (Michelle Williams), rarely visits home any more. The mother (Weaver), resorts to petty quibbles with her next-door neighbor (Deirdre O'Connell), and develops a minor--but highly amusing--marijuana habit. And the youngest son, Tim (Hirsch)--who is the protagonist and the real victim in the story--searches for meaning, identity, and solace from the chaos that surrounds him. Tim's best friend Kyle (Ryan Donowho) experiments with drugs and sex, providing for some understated and poignant coming-of-age situations. But for the most part, it is the chemistry between expert actors Weaver and Hirsch that carries the film, making IMAGINARY HEROES a lovely, sensitive meditation on the mid-life family crisis.

GENRES - comedy, drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 112 minutes

RATING - R (MPAA)

YEAR - 2004

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States, Germany, Belgium

LANGUAGE - English

SUBTITLES - French

ATTRIBUTES - Color, Anamorphic

Director

Daniel Harris

Producer

Illana Diamant

Producer

Art Linson

Producer

Denise Shaw

Producer

Gina Resnick

Screenwriter

Daniel Harris

Actor

Emile Hirsch

Actor

Jeff Daniels

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