The Holdovers

2023
8.4
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Title: The Holdovers

Original Title: The Holdovers

Year: 2023

Info

Release Dates

  • UK: January 19 2024
  • United States: October 27 2023

Plot

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, 'The Leftovers' finds a cantankerous professor, played by Paul Giamatti, at a prestigious American school who is forced to remain on campus during the Christmas holidays. to look after a handful of students who have nowhere to go.

Against all odds, living together will lead him to forge an unusual bond with one of the students, played by Dominic Sessa in his big screen debut, and with the school's head chef, whom He is brought to life by actress Da'Vine Joy Randolph.

It reunites Alexander Payne and Paul Giamatti after 'Sideways' in a story of three lonely and traumatized souls in a boarding school during the Christmas holidays of 1970.

An adjunct professor of History whom neither the students nor his own colleagues can stand, and who is forced to stay at Barton Academy in charge of those students who cannot go home for vacation. This is the punishment meted out for suspending a high-profile student whose father had recently funded the school gym. Thanks to a Christmas miracle, the motley group of boys in Hunham's care is soon reduced to just one: Angus Tully.

Angus is a first-year student, very intelligent but with many traumas, who tries to deal as best he can with a complicated family dynamic. Also staying at the school is the school's head chef, whose son, Curtis, recently graduated from Barton, died in Vietnam. Still immersed in a deep mourning process, Mary decides to stay in Barton because it was the last place she was with her son.

Abandoned to their fate in the otherwise absolutely empty institution, this unexpected trio will face adventures and calamities to finally enjoy something resembling a family.

Awards

  • 2024 Academy Awards (Oscars): 5 1
  • 2024 Golden Globes: 3 2
  • 2024 BAFTA Awards: 7 2

Cast

Director:

Alexander Payne Alexander Payne

Dominic Sessa

Dominic Sessa

Angus Tully

Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti

Paul Hunham

Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston

Miss Lydia Crane

Gillian Vigman

Gillian Vigman

Judy Clotfelter

Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Stanley Clotfelter

Videos

'The Holdovers' trailer 2:44

'The Holdovers' trailer

November 20 2023

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Trivia

Graduated actors

The protagonist Paul Giamatti and Da'Vine Joy Randolph are graduates of the prestigious Yale School of Drama.

Reality coincidence

Barton Academy in Western Massachusetts founded in 1797. Deerfield Academy, where Dominic Sessa graduated in 2022, is a true private school in Western Massachusetts also founded in 1797.

Expensive sale

Focus Features bought worldwide rights for the film for $30 million after screening for buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022. It is the biggest sale to ever happen at the festival, despite it not being on the roster that year.

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