Naked as We Came

DIRECTOR: Richard LeMay

Expected guest: director Richard LeMay

A lifetime of dysfunction bubbles to the serene surface of this mesmerizing family drama from director Richard LeMay. After an unsettling phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family’s gorgeous country estate. Once there, they discover their estranged mother is dying and living with a strapping young groundskeeper, Ted. Together in the house for the first time in years, the small family launches into intense conversations about past mistakes and forgotten promises as they debate plans for the future. Despite the material riches surrounding them, the wound-up relatives must deal with an unspoken family darkness anchored by a decades old scandal. And when Elliot turns to Ted for emotional and physical support, he discovers that this stranger might have ulterior motivations.

Meanwhile Laura and her mother lock into a battle of wills that represents years of parallel control issues. This focused and absorbing exploration of complex relationships rises above simple melodrama thanks to believable dialogue, stellar performances and a beautifully photographed tranquil setting filled with the wonders of nature. Filmmaker Richard LeMay creates a quiet but forceful portrayal of one family’s struggle to connect as he raises questions about lost love, lifetime regrets and the meaning of following your passion.

— BRENDAN PETERSON

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F135

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