Premiering last fall at TIFF, Jean-Marc Vallée‘s “Demolition” starring Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get the most positive reception (here’s our review), but with the release date looming, Fox Searchlight are hoping that it gets some better buzz out of SXSW, and have dropped the first clip from the movie.
Co-starring Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, and Judah Lewis, the story centers on a successful executive who, following the sudden death of his wife, starts dismantling his life piece by piece. Here’s the official synopsis:
Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law, Phil (Chris 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 Mareno (Naomi 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 (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
“Demolition” opens on April 8th. Check out the clip plus new images and posters below.