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September 11–17, 2015

Chicago Premiere

The Mend

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"Genuinely strange... Worth watching for its genuinely strange combination of wildly underplayed emotional beats and wildly overplayed surface anarchy"
"Funny, rugged and raw... [Director] John Magary digs into his characters with fresh eyes and a sly sense of adventure"
  —New York Times
"It's a tough film to shake, a slice-of-life that slices, knifelike"
  —Village Voice
"Delectable... it's the idiosyncratic details and chaotic rhythms that distinguish The Mend from the bland personal melodramas that populate Sundance"
  —AV Club
3 stars "What's great about The Mend is that it never goes exactly where you expect it to go... [the film] announces a major new talent"
Recommended "Dauntingly, tumultuously, blindingly, batshit great"
  —NewCity Chicago

When Mat (Josh Lucas), a reckless drifter pushing forty, and his girlfriend Andrea have a blowout, she ejects him from the apartment that they share together. After a few days of drunken meandering, Mat appears at his younger brother Alan's uptown apartment, crashing a party he is hosting for his girlfriend Farrah's dance company. While Alan (Stephen Plunkett) rushes Farrah off to Quebec on a vacation during which he plans to propose, Mat stays in the apartment. Soon, Andrea appears looking for a place to crash, as Alan returns home unexpectedly and, above all, without Farrah.

Rather than kick out the "squatters," Alan tries to conceal his discontent despite the chaos and rudeness that surround him and it does not take long before the situation takes an explosive turn. The brothers obviously have deep-rooted daddy issues that led to their emotional problems, but rather than addressing them, they follow the ebb and flow of their cyclical arguments. In this deliriously unpredictable feature debut, John Magary steers this dark comic tale of "brotherly love" into increasingly nihilistic territory.

Directed by John Magary, 2014, U.S.A., 107 mins


  • Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 12 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 13 at 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Sept. 14–17 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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