Ever since causing quite the stir on opening night of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival by passionately dividing critics, audiences have been left waiting in the wings for Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” but that’s about to change as the drama’s April release date quickly approaches.
Starring the always-appealing Jake Gyllenhaal opposite Naomi Watts and newcomer Judah Lewis, the movie centers on a widower as he battles the numbing pain of grief and the anxious freedom of rebuilding his life.
The official synopsis reads: “Davis (Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law Phil (Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.”
While the plot synopsis suggests a romance, the second trailer from Fox Searchlight keeps the focus on a character study about overcoming grief and moving on. “Demolition” opens on April 8. Watch the trailer above.