- Ewan McGregor
- 103 mins
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.
How to watch
|Swede Levov||Ewan McGregor|
|Dawn Levov||Jennifer Connelly|
|Merry Levov||Dakota Fanning|
|Lou Levov||Peter Riegert|
|Jerry Levov||Rupert Evans (2)|
|Sheila Smith||Molly Parker|
|Nathan Zuckerman||David Strathairn|
|Penny Hamlin||Samantha Mathis|
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- Violence, swearing, sexual references.