Everybody's Fine (2009)




Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Lucian Maisel, Damian Young, James Frain, Melissa Leo, Katherine Moennig, Brendan Sexton III, James Murtaugh, Austin Lysy, Chandler Frantz, Lily Mo Sheen, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Mackenzie Milone, E.J. Carroll, Lou Carbonneau, Lynn Cohen, Ben Schwartz, Debargo Sanyal, Allie Woods Jr., Sonja Stuart, Mimi Lieber, Ethan Munsch, Harrison Munsch, Mattie Hawkinson

Frank Goode (Robert De Niro), a widowed retiree, is getting ready for his children David (Austin Lysy), Amy (Kate Beckinsale), Robert (Sam Rockwell) and Rosie (Drew Barrymore) to come visit him. One by one, each of his sons call to cancel on him at the last minute. Feeling down by the rejections, Frank decides to head out on a cross-country trip, visiting each of his kids, despite warning against travel from his doctor: he is chronically ill with cardiac and respiratory problems. He will ask to each of his kids, or at least he will try to, the same question "Are you happy?".

A masterpiece! Robert De Niro is perfect in transforming a film from "normal" to "unique". The direction isn't brilliant but the story (remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's Italian film Stanno tutti bene) and the continuous parallelism with power lines make the film special.

If you would ask me I would have to say in all honesty, Everybody's fine. Everybody's fine.


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