‘The Son’ Gets 10-Minute Standing Ovation at Venice Film Festival World Premiere – Deadline

Florian Zeller’s family drama The son had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday night, earning a 10-minute standing ovation after the film screened.

Stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Zen McGrath were in attendance with Zeller inside the Sala Grande. They made several curtsies as the crowd applauded the cast’s emotional performances.

The film is Zeller’s sequel to his 2020 Oscar The father. As with this movie, The son is adapted from Zeller’s own play starring Christopher Hampton.

The story follows a family struggling to reunite after falling apart. The film centers on Peter (Jackman), whose hectic life with his baby and new partner Emma (Kirby) is turned upside down when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) appears with their now-teenage son Nicholas (Zen McGrath). The young man has been absent from school for months and is confused, distant and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicolas as he would have liked his own father to take care of him. While juggling his job, his and Beth’s new baby, and the offer of his dream job in Washington, he loses sight of how to keep Nicholas in the present.

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In his review, Pete Hammond of Deadline wrote that The son is “a strong character-driven piece that…has the feeling of an intimate family drama without the obvious flashy technique that would sink it.”

Earlier today, Jackman said his role has impacted how he relates to his own children. “For many, many years as a parent, the job was to appear strong and dependable and never worried – I don’t want to weigh my kids down, but certainly since that movie I’ve changed my approach. I share my vulnerabilities more with my 17 and 22 year olds and see their relief when I do.

Zeller commented that with parenting and mental health issues, there is “so much shame and guilt. To make a film about this was to open this conversation.

Sony Pictures Classics will be released The son on November 11 in New York and Los Angeles before expanding into domestic and select international markets.

Darcy J. Skinner