Home for the Holidays
Dir. Jodie Foster, 1995, USA, 104 mins, 35mm
“One of the great queer American studio movies” –Michael Koresky, Film Comment
Originally deemed a box office turkey, director Jodie Foster’s under-appreciated and queer-forward feast of holiday high jinx follows recently unemployed art restorer and single mom Claudia (Holly Hunter) home to Baltimore for the holidays. The familial chaos that ensues includes everything from bickering parents, a problematic type-A aunt, a teenage daughter on the brink of womanhood—and the official outing of Claudia’s (mostly) unapologetically gay brother, played with precise panache by a baby-faced Robert Downey Jr. Foster’s second directorial effort maintains its infectious warmth and undeniable authenticity even throughout its many madcap mishaps, and features a terrific supporting ensemble of unsupportive characters including Hollywood stalwarts Anne Bancroft, Geraldine Chaplin, and Charles Durning, and up-and-comers Claire Danes (fresh off MY SO-CALLED LIFE) and Dylan McDermott.
Q&A with Michael Koresky (critic, filmmaker, & Editorial Director of the New York Film Festival)
Part of the Coming Out Again program–an ongoing series in collaboration with Quad Cinema that surveys lesser-known landmarks of LGBTQ film history.
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