Director and screenwriter Dan Fogelman has always worked with prominent actors. The first film he directed, “Danny Collins,” featured the starring role of Al Pacino and the Golden Globe-winning series “This is us” has been acclaimed for its performances.
Now, in ‘La Vida Misma’, his most ambitious feature film to date, he brings together Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin, among others , to show the relationships and vicissitudes of a group of characters separated by time and space –it takes place in New York and Spain- but united by their emotional ties.
It is a film that celebrates the human condition and all its complications with humor, intensity and love. A dramatic and moving film about the twists and turns of life. It will be released in theaters throughout Chile on November 15.
Fogelman: “It is a metaphor for how we are today as people”
The first story follows a couple, played by Will (Oscar Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wide), who must deal with a crisis.
“I felt his emotional availability and his desire to let himself go with the scenes; He wasn’t holding back, ”Wilde confesses of his castmate. “There are walls that people put up and for a good performance you have to get rid of them. The hardest part of acting is relaxation, so when you meet someone laid-back and open like Oscar there is a boldness that inspires you to let go as well. That’s good chemistry. “
Other characters in ‘La Vida Misma’ are Dylan the couple’s daughter (Olivia Cooke), Irwin his grandfather (Mandy Patinkin) and, in Spain, a hard-working couple Javier and Isabel (Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Laia Costa) who are related with Vincent a wealthy man (Antonio Banderas).
“The movie puts people, regular people, through very difficult things,” notes director Dan Fogelman. “And we see that as a metaphor for how we are today as people. It is about finding meaning and reason that you go through darkness, cynicism and find love. It is an optimistic and romantic point of view, but I hope he does not shy away from the fact that life can be extremely difficult and sad because then you are covering the whole spectrum of emotions, “he says.
“Complex, romantic, shocking, mysterious, moving”
‘Life Itself’ had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September and, since then, has captivated many viewers with its narrative complexity and high emotional charge.
“Complex, romantic, shocking, mysterious and moving like life itself. I just saw her, she is wonderful, ”the actress and singer Barbra Streisand (@BrabraStreisand) posted on social media.
The same did the producer Wynn Wygal (@WynnWygal), who described it as “a roller coaster of sensations.” While the film critic Scott Mantz (@ScottMantz), for his part, said: “Funny, heartbreaking and emotional as life itself.”
With a cast made up of:
Oscar Isaac as WILL DEMPSEY (‘Star Wars’, ‘The Most Violent Year’)
Olivia Wilde como ABBY DEMPSEY (‘Her’)
Lorenza Izzo as ELENA DEMPSEY-GONZÁLEZ (Aftershock)
Antonio Banderas as VINCENT SACCIONE (‘The Skin I Live In’)
Olivia Cooke as DYLAN DEMPSEY (‘Bates Motel’, ‘Me, Him and Raquel’)
Mandy Patinkin como IRWIN DEMPSEY (‘Wonder’)
Laia Costa as ISABEL DÍAZ
Sergio Peris-Mencheta as JAVIER GONZÁLEZ
Alex Monner as RODRIGO GONZÁLEZ DÍAZ
Annette Bening as Dr. CAIT MORRIS (‘Twentieth Century Women’, ‘American Beauty’)
Samuel L. Jackson as himself.
Director: Dan Fogelman
Duration: 117 minutes
United States, 2018.