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American Pastoral

  • 2016
  • Ewan McGregor
  • 103 mins
  • 15
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This respectable family drama tells a tragic story about a father who refuses to give up on his daughter. Adapted from Philip Roth's acclaimed novel, it takes place in the 1960s, during a notably volatile period in American history. At the centre is Seymour "the Swede" Levov (Ewan McGregor, also making his directorial debut), a middle-class businessman whose life unravels when his teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) is accused of blowing up a petrol station. After she disappears, Seymour becomes obsessed with finding her, which is where the film works best. Some will argue that McGregor is miscast as the all-American former athlete, but he conveys the character's decency, and he draws solid performances from the cast. In particular, Peter Riegert gets several laughs as Seymour's cantankerous father. American Pastoral is a flawed film that lacks inspiration, but it has its moments, and the story might strike a chord with parents.

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Credits

Cast

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Swede LevovEwan McGregor
Dawn LevovJennifer Connelly
Merry LevovDakota Fanning
Lou LevovPeter Riegert
Jerry LevovRupert Evans (2)
VickyUzo Aduba
Sheila SmithMolly Parker
Nathan ZuckermanDavid Strathairn
Penny HamlinSamantha Mathis

Crew

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DirectorEwan McGregor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2016-11-11
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Formats
Colour
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