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September 9–22, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Other People

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Grand Jury Prize
Film Fest
"An assured, gently funny debut about family tragedy"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Strong performances from Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons"
"Shannon is superb, and first-time writer-director Chris Kelly (who writes for SNL) gives her great lines she delivers with aplomb."
  —New York Post
4 stars"Profoundly touching... Further proof that when it comes to drama, comedy actors are often the experts"
  —The Guardian
"Writer-director Chris Kelly draws from personal experience, and it's the specificity of the telling that gives Other People its quiet, offhand grace"
  —Screen International
3 stars½ "A dramedy about death that mines moments both absurd and divine to craft its delicately wrought pathos... The moments between mother and son are some of the most intimate and moving of the film"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Both Shannon and Plemons are exceptional"
  —Chicago Reader
"Smart, lovely, funny, occasionally edgy, slightly cynical and ultimately heart-tugging"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

David (Jesse Plemons, Breaking Bad) , a struggling comedy writer fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend (Zach Woods), moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his ailing mother Joanne (Molly Shannon, SNL, Year of the Dog). Living with his conservative father (Bradley Whitford, The West Wing) and much-younger sisters (Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty) for the first time in ten years, he feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother's health declines, David frantically tries to extract meaning from this experience and in an effort to keep his her spirits afloat, he pretends to still be in a relationship.

The rare achievement of writer/director Chris Kelly (Broad City) in his feature debut, is his ability to honestly capture the full range of emotions that happen within a family on a daily basis, as exquisite details of mundane moments imbue the film with rare insight and humor. Kelly trusts that the everyday problems of ordinary people, if portrayed with enough knowledge and empathy, can make us laugh and cry as much as the bigger ones.

Directed by Chris Kelley, 2015, U.S.A., 97 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 9 at 7:45pm
  • Sat., Sept. 10 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 11 at 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Sept. 12–15 at 7:45 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Sept. 20–22 at 9:15 p.m
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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