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Ben is Back

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Peter Hedges

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 103min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Marimbas Award, Spotlight Series

The most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful in Ben is Back, Peter Hedges’ gripping look at the lengths a mother will go to save her son from himself.

When Ben (Lucas Hedges) leaves rehab early to be home for Christmas, his mother Holly (Julia Roberts) is both elated and on edge. She tells him that he can stay for one full day, on the condition that she must have eyes on him at all times. Even though he’s been clean for a few months, his family still fears the worst – a fear that turns out to be well-founded.

Led by a devastating career-best performance from Roberts, Ben is Back deals with the opioid epidemic with fast-paced urgency and compassion. Writer-director Peter Hedges cast his real-life son and Oscar-nominee Lucas Hedges in the title role, a decision that works wonders here. Because when it comes down to it, this is a film about family: the way we hurt each other, the way we love each other, and the way we pick each other up when we’re down.


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Director: Peter Hedges
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Hedges
Screenwriter: Peter Hedges
Executive Producer: Daniel Steinman, Micah Green, Dan Friedkin, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Jane Evans, Mickey Liddellm, Pete Shilaimon
Production Company: Black Bear Pictures, Color Force, 30WEST

Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematographer: Stuart Dryburgh
Editor: Ian Blume

Cast: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton

Peter Hedges

Peter Hedges is an American film director, screenwriter and novelist. His novel What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1991) was adapted into a critically-acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio in 1993. Some of his other film credits include About a Boy (2002), Pieces of April (2003), Dan In Real Life (2007) and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).

Hegdges' screenwriting contributions for Pieces of April earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2003. His son, Lucas Hedges, stars in Ben Is Back.