The Intervention



Coolidge Corner Theatre Wed, May 4, 2016 7:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:90 minutes
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Clea DuVall


Closing Night Film

Expected to be in attendance: Director Clea DuVall

Control-freak bride-to-be Annie (Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness) gathers her group of thirtysomething friends at the picturesque Savannah family summer home of sisters Jessie (writer/director Clea DuVall) and Ruby. Their mission is to convince Ruby and her workaholic husband, Peter, that their relationship has turned irreparably toxic. Joined by Annie’s easygoing fiancé, Jessie’s partner Sarah (Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black), the reluctant Jack (Ben Schwartz, Parks and Recreation), and his sprightly, 22-year-old girlfriend, the group makes fumbling attempts to jump-start the intervention throughout the booze-fueled weekend while resolutely avoiding dealing with their own vices and regrets.

THE INTERVENTION depicts an intensely relatable group of characters as they abandon the facade of being fine and embrace the reality of “fine-adjacent.” In her feature directorial debut, DuVall adeptly balances the performances of her talented ensemble cast—highlighted by Cobie Smulders’ (RESULTS, IFFBoston 2015) complex portrayal of the deeply unhappy Ruby and an effervescent turn by Alia Shawkat (WILD CANARIES, IFFBoston 2014) as a “baby stranger” interloper—weaving them into a bittersweet dramedy acknowledging how difficult it can be to stop doing the things that hurt us.

–Sundance Film Festival guide