Humoristisk og varmt drama med Oscar-vinder Melissa Leo fra "The Fighter" og James Gandolfini samt Kristen Stewart
Nomineret: Grand Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival
* * * * * "Larmende god - en enestående oplevelse. Det skyldes især de tre mageløse hovedrolleskuespillere" Nanna Frank Rasmussen, Jyllands-Posten
* * * * * "Alvorlig, morsom og sprudlende" Søren Hermansen, Kristeligt Dagblad
* * * * "Trioen Stewart, Gandolfini og Leo er en opvisning i (under)spil af høj, høj klasse" Henrik Queitsch, Ekstra Bladet
* * * * "Ømhed og veldoseret humor - James Gandolfini og Melissa Leo tager stikket sikkert hjem i en varm og på alle måder sammentømret feel good & a little bad film" Kim Skotte, Politiken
* * * * "Original, uforudsigelig og nænsomt diskret film... en lille film med store kvaliteter" Ebbe Iversen, Berlingske
* * * * "Aldeles overbevisende... et fintfølende og intimt og nærværende portræt" Per Juul Carlsen, DR Filmland
* * * * "Livsbekræftende, karakterdrevet indie" Mads Suldrup, Cinemazone
* * * * "Hjertet på det rette sted - et opløftende bekendtskab" Kasper Kloch, Kultunaut
* * * * "Melissa Leo brillerer igen" Ana Janic, On-z
* * * * "Perfekt... Kristen Stewart overbeviser" Marthe Aspelund, Onfilm
"En god historie om almindelige mennesker... det er en fornøjelse at se den" Bo Green Jensen, Weekendavisen
* * * * * "Ganske enkelt et lille mesterværk" Casper Hindse, Filmglad
* * * * "En varm fortælling" Jacob Høgsberg, Filmnet
* * * * * Filmland.dk
Doug og Lois Riley har et tomrum i deres liv, de ikke kan få fyldt ud. Mens Doug (James Gandolfini) finder trøst hos servitricen Vivian, lukker Lois (den nyligt Oscar-vindende Melissa Leo fra "The Fighter") omverdenen helt ude og isolerer sig i hjemmet. På en forretningsrejse til New Orleans træffer Doug den unge prostituerede Mallory (Kristen Stewart) og han beslutter sig for at tage hende under sine vinger i forsøget på at redde hende fra en krank skæbne. Dette sætter en lavine af begivenheder i gang, som giver nye forhåbninger for familien Rileys.
Ligesom den beslægtede amerikanske independent titel ”The Visitor” fra 2006 med Richard Jenkins i hovedrollen, er ”Welcome to The Rileys” en nærværende film om livet og dets uventede overraskelser.
Jake Scott – Instruktør
Jake Scott (1965) er ud af Hollywood filmdynastiet Scott og søn til legenden Ridley Scott og dermed nevø til Tony Scott. Fra 1990 og frem har han lavet musikvideoer for verdens førende artister deriblandt R.E.M, The Strokes, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins og Tori Amos. ”Welcome to the Rileys” er hans anden spillefilm, for hvilken han blev nomineret ti juryprisen på Sundance-festivalen. Hans første spillefilm ”Rob the Rich” – fik premiere helt tilbage i 1999.
Rollen som Bella Swan i Twilight-filmene har gjort Kristen Stewart til en af tidens mest populære unge filmstjerner, men hendes gennembrud kom allerede som 12-årig da hun spillede overfor Jodie Foster i den psykologiske thriller ”Panic Room”. Som 19-årig har hun allerede medvirket i et imponerende antal film og i 2011 kan hun blandt andet opleves i filmatiseringen af Jack Kerouacs klassiker ”On the Road” og i løbet af det næste år endnu to Twilight film. Stewart har tidligere medvirket i bl.a. Zathura (2005), Ind i vildmarken (2007), The Messengers (2007), Cold Creek Manor (2003) og Panic Room (2002).
Siden gennembruddet som Virgil i Tony Scotts ”True Romance” fra 1993 har James Gandolfini gjort sig bemærket for en række stærke filmroller. Gandolfinis karriere fik et boost, da han spillede gangsterbossen Tony Soprano i HBO-succén ”Sopranos”. Han blev for den rolle belønnet med både Golden Globe og tre Emmys.
Udvalgte film: Where the Wild Things Are (2009), In the Loop (2009), Kapring Metro 1 2 3 (2009), Romance and Cigarettes (2005), The man who wasn`t there (2001), The Mexican (2001), The Mighty (1998), Civil Action (1998), Get Shorty (1995) og Angie (1994).
Melissa Leo blev Oscar-nomineret for bedste kvindelige hovedrolle for sin medvirken i Cournet Hunts prisbelønnede ”Frozen River” fra 2008 og her blot to år senere blev det så hendes tur til at vinde den eftertragtede statuette for sin birolle-præstation i David O. Russells "The Fighter". Blandt hendes seneste film tæller ”Conviction” med bl.a. Hillary Swank, Righteous Kill (2008), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), Hide and Seek (2005) og 21 Gram (2003).
Se traileren her:
Q: What is this film about? And how did the project and cast come together?
It’s about a man coming to terms with the loss of his daughter through an unlikely relationship with a teenage stripper and prostitute; a film about learning to live with ‘uncontrollable forces’.
I met with James Gandolfini early on and within minutes became convinced that he was the perfect choice to play Doug. The same went for Kristen who grabbed my attention in Into the Wild. She walked through the door and that was it. Lois was harder. Melissa had been a contender from the outset as far as I was concerned. To get financed we had to find a ‘name’ which I endeavored to do. We eventually cast someone who had to pull out 3 weeks before shooting. Melissa had just received critical praise for Frozen River, so I put her name forward and that was it! For me, this was the best cast for the film.
The script was handed to me by Michael Costigan after I’d told him I was looking for something character driven. Ken Hixon had written this script on spec; the characters had been living in his head and he was compelled to just write it, despite the obstacle of getting an independent film made. Ken was incredibly open and generous during the process, which was unhindered by committee decisions. Michael protected this relationship honorably, a first in my experience. Steve Zallian liked the script and lent his support which was a vital boost to our getting financed. After several frustrating potential partnerships we met with Gio and Scott from Argonaut Pictures. They were incredibly receptive and engaged with our view of the film enough to be willing to finance it. They were the ideal partners, supportive to the last.
Q: What was your favorite scene to shoot in the film?
When Lois first meets Mallory; the three main characters are together for the first time. I made a last minute decision to block it off one tracking shot. It was exciting and brought spontaneity to the performances that was unbeatable. It was really fun to do.
Q: Are there any great stories or anecdotes from working on the set you can share?
We were shooting in a tough district of New Orleans, the Bywater, which sits between the French Quarter and the North Ward, which was ravished during Katrina. It was the end of a long night shoot and we were on a process trailer filming an intense scene between Jim and Kristen. It was about 2am but this being NOLA there were still a lot of people about. As we approached a gas station we saw that a large crowd had gathered around the floodlit forecourt and that there were emergency vehicles, flashing lights and an eerie silence; everything incredibly still. As we passed the horror of the scene became apparent. A young man was kneeling with his head on the ground as if in prayer, a cop standing nearby holding a firearm. At first it seemed as if this was an unusual form of submission until you saw the wide pool of blood around the boys’ head. Further along another young man was lying against the side of the gas station kiosk, blood smeared on the wall. In a bizarre irony, the assembled witnesses, cops included, turned to stare at us, a movie shoot with our lights and cameras as we in turn stared back at them in mutual shock. We were later told that the two teenaged boys had smoked formaldehyde laced crack which had sent them into a terrible rage and they had dashed their own brains out by smashing their heads into the ground. Reality and fiction passed on a tragic night.
Q: What were your biggest challenges during filming?
We wanted to shoot in a real location for its authenticity, and the bloody noise of freight train horns and ships on the Mississippi in the Bywater was literally constant! You can hear them all over the soundtrack, a great atmospheric detail that Jim even comments on during a night scene with Kristen. It became particularly distracting during a certain night when I had decided to re-shoot a scene with Jim and Melissa, culminating in a Fire Engine going through shot sirens wailing and lights blazing. Uncontrollable forces at work! That’s what also makes it exciting.
Q: What do you want people to take away from this film?