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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Anthony Hopkins
Drama directed and co-written by Florian Zeller. The Son (2022) centers on Peter (Hugh Jackman), who has a busy life with his new partner, Beth (Vanessa Kirby), and their baby. However, their life is thrown into disarray when his ex-wife, Kate (Laura Dern), turns up with their teenage son, Nicholas (Zen McGrath), who no longer feels he can stay with his mother. Peter tries to care for Nicholas as he wishes his own father had cared for him. But by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Peter: You can’t just show up here with no warning. What’s the problem? Did something happen?
Peter: What are you doing here?
Kate: Nicholas hasn’t been to school in almost a month.
Peter: [to Nicholas] I wanted to ask, how are you? Has something happened?
Peter: [to Nicholas] You realize the school is talking about expelling you.
Nicholas: [to Peter] Can I live with you?
Peter: Nicholas has come to live with me, and he’s improving, but he’s a little fragile.
Peter’s Father: Is that why you came to see me? You’re blaming me for what happened?
Peter’s Father: You came to tell me what a good dad you are? What do you want? Applause?
Therapist: [to Nicholas] You said you don’t feel very close to people your age.
Kate: He’s different from the others.
Peter: What makes you say that?
Kate: Back then, there was so much joy in our family. I feel like a complete failure.
Kate: [to Peter] There used to be so much joy in our family.
Beth: Why don’t you answer me?
Nicholas: I do answer you.
Beth: [referring to Nicholas] The look in his eye is disturbing!
Nicholas: [referring to Beth] She wants to turn us against one another.
Beth: [to Peter] Your other son, he needs you as well. And you are at work all of the time.
Kate: [to Peter, referring to Nicholas] Has he been able to talk about the divorce?
Andrew: Everything okay at home?
Peter: Yeah. Everything is fine.
Nicholas: I don’t know what’s happening to me.
Peter: [referring to Nicholas] I wasn’t there for him.
Nicholas: If I’m like this, it’s your fault.
Peter: What have I done? What’s my fault? Haven’t I always done everything for you?
Peter: [to Nicholas] I’ve tried to be there for you. I’ve tried to give you strength. What’s going on? Are you on drugs? You think you can just live your life doing whatever you feel like?
Nicholas: [to Peter] You give these big speeches about life, and then you abandon us.
Peter: I have the right to reinvent my life. It is my life!
Peter: It’s my little boy. I can’t give up on him.