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Watch: Carla Gugino Has Ulterior Motives For Meeting Patrick Stewart In The Trailer For ‘Match’

Watch: Carla Gugino Has Ulterior Motives For Meeting Patrick Stewart In The Trailer For ‘Match’

The compelling indie “Match,” starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard  screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this past fall. The cast alone is intriguing, especially since Lillard returned to form after “The Descendants.” Directed by playwright/filmmaker Stephen Belber (the pen behind “Tape” with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), the film centers on a Seattle woman and her husband (Gugino and Lillard) coming to New York to conduct an interview with a Juilliard ballet professor (Stewart) for her dissertation on the history of dance in the 1960s. But it becomes increasingly clear during these extensive inquiries that there are ulterior motives to the couple’s visit. Here’s the official synopsis:

Iconic actor Patrick Stewart gives one of his most emotional performances in this character driven drama playing high-spirited Tobias “Tobi” Powell,  a master dance teacher at Julliard with a lifetime of memories that have made him a loving and caring mentor.  

When Tobi is interviewed by a graduate student, Lisa (Carla Gugino) about his days as a performer, he  is forced to confront painful decisions he thought he had left in the past.  With the fate of Lisa’s emotionally shattered husband Mike (Matthew Lillard) in the balance, the three characters struggle to find a truthful, common ground, uncertain if their brief but intensely intimate connection will result in disaster and regret – or healing and liberation.

So what’s the twist? Stewart is her father? Neither the synopsis nor the new trailer spoils the secret. “This is Stewart’s show, and it’s a dynamite role for anyone,” we wrote in our review. “It’s rare to see this level of comfort between an actor and a character, and he’s just as watchable shrinking from pain as he is telling a joke or yelling profanities. ‘Match’ is ultimately about the sins of the past that come to roost in the modern world, and you can’t illustrate that without an actor who can’t seem delightfully happy to be anywhere.”

IFC Films is releasing the film and while there’s no word on a stateside release date yet, “Match” is hitting theaters in the U.K. on January 14, 2015. Watch it below and let us know what you think.

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