Here’s a reminder, as the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, that not every movie at a festival is going to make it or be remembered. And so it goes for “The Playroom.” The film starring John Hawkes and the underrated Molly Parker premiered last spring to not much fanfare at the Tribeca Fim Festival, and even with someone like Hawkes in the cast, it failed to get much traction. And now, just under a year later, it’s quite ready to quietly be released and live the rest of its life out in the wild.
A new trailer and clip has arrived for “The Playroom,” a ’70s set drama that sees a family straining beneath a pleasant facade. Written by Gretchen Dyer and directed by her sister Julie Dyer (the sisters’ first film, “Late Bloomers,” premiered at Sundance in 1996), the film is told through the eyes of the children of a married couple, and they bear witness to their parents splintering relationship. We didn’t get a chance to catch this ourselves at Tribeca, but the film certainly evokes the period well, and anything with Hawkes and Parker is reason enough for us to watch it. And we’ll soon be able to.
“The Playroom” arrives on VOD, DVD and in theaters on February 8th. Watch below.