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Last Weekend (2014)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2014 (USA)
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When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.

Directors:

Tom Dolby, Tom Williams

Writer:

Tom Dolby

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... Celia Green
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Hector Castillo
Zachary Booth ... Theo Green
Rutina Wesley ... Nora Finley-Perkins
Fran Kranz ... Sean Oakes
Devon Graye ... Luke Caswell
Joseph Cross ... Roger Green
Alexia Rasmussen ... Vanessa Sanford
Sheila Kelley ... Vivian
Mary Kay Place ... Jeannie
Judith Light ... Veronika Goss
Chris Mulkey ... Malcolm Green
Julie Carmen ... Maria Castillo
Jayma Mays ... Blake Curtis
Susanne Filkins ... Vendor
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When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.

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Taglines:

Freedom comes from letting go.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Fim de Semana See more »

Filming Locations:

Tahoe City, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,492, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shot on location on and around Lake Tahoe, specifically Tahoma. See more »

Soundtracks

The Chameleon
Written by Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton
Performed by The Left Outsides
Courtesy of Transitor Recordings
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Misery rises to the level of comfort
2 January 2015 | by stills-6See all my reviews

The people in this movie are clueless narcissists, very well portrayed. I know people like this, limousine liberals, and this is perfectly spot on. And then the portrayal of their humanity gradually shining through the fog of pretension infects every character and makes for a great movie experience. Patricia Clarkson is once again fabulous in a lead role, and the others play off of her nicely. The pretty scenery doesn't hurt, and the director makes full use of the stunning light show that the California/Nevada mountains provides. I question some of the devices that went nowhere, like the screenplay and the Indian museum. They are not used as devices so much as character filler, most of which is not necessary for our understanding of the characters, but which also doesn't get too much in the way.

I have liked Mays in other things she's done, but I thought she was a bit miscast for the role she was asked to play. I thought the story could have done more with the Nora-Sean couple other than just fill up the house and provide background. Overall though, I really liked the way this movie was put together. It does a very good job of showing how insular this world can be and how people who want for nothing will manufacture their own problems just by calling them problems. Misery rises to the level of comfort. All this without veering off into melodrama. Highly recommended.


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