READ MORE: First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal In TIFF Opening Film ‘Demolition’
After stepping into the ring this summer with his critically acclaimed turn in “Southpaw,” Jake Gyllenhaal is set to battle grief once more in the upcoming “Demolition,” which will open the Toronto International Film Festival this Thursday. The drama also stars Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts and Judah Lewis.
The films is the latest from Jean-Marc Vallée, whose previous features “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild” earned stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern a ton of awards love. Considering “Demolition” doesn’t open in theaters until next spring, it seems the film might end the director’s awards hot streak, though the trailer above suggest he hasn’t lost his touch for drawing out real emotions through performances and powerful editing.
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 synopsis seems to set up a romantic film, the trailer hints that a deeper character study about overcoming grief and moving on is in store. “Demolition” opens April 16, 2016. Watch the trailer above.