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Sundance First Look: The Greatest

by Anne Thompson
January 7, 2009 3:33 AM
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GREAT

It's Sundance time.

My mailbox is clogged with pitches for movies to screen, interviews to do. I'm planning on a radical new approach this year, since so many of the movies that buyers slather over in advance turn out to be disappointments, and the ones that go home with distribs are the ones critics and audiences actually admire. (See: Frozen River, Ballast, Trouble the Water.) So I'm going to go see the movies that look good, and then decide who to interview based on what I like! (I'm taking my flipcam.)

Radical. It's how I did it for years.

Meanwhile, I'll check out The Greatest based on this preview clip. It's from Sundance producer perennial Lynette Howell (Phoebe in Wonderland, Half Nelson), who says the script from a first-time writer-director (Shana Feste) sailed through the process of funding and casting. Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon quickly signed on to this story of parental love and loss. It's about two parents (Brosnan and Sarandon)rocked to their foundations when they suddenly lose their teenage son (Aaron Johnson). Then his old girlfriend (Carey Mulligan) turns up. Revolutionary Road's Michael Shannon also stars.

Here's a clip:

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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