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SPOTLIGHT

THE PERFECT FAMILY

Directed by Anne Renton
FEATURE NARRATIVE 84 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE PERFECT FAMILY

Suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish—an award she has coveted for years—her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), a successful lawyer, is about to marry her life partner Angela (Angelique Cabral). Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is cheating on his wife with the local manicurist. And Eileen's own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams….

This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award® nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale. Writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect.

Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy
About the Director(s)
ANNE RENTON has studied extensively as an actor and voice-over artist in NYC and LA, and has successfully worked in television and independent film over the last eight years following her studies in physiotherapy. In 2007, Anne directed and produced the award-winning short film Love Is Love, which won Best Narrative Short Film at Out Takes, Dallas.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    84 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain, Elizabeth Peña, Sharon Lawrence
  • Director:
    Anne Renton
  • Screenwriter:
    Claire V. Riley, Paula Goldberg
  • Producer:
    Jennifer Dubin, Cora Olson
  • Executive Producer:
    Connie Cummings, Kathleen Turner
  • Director of Photography:
    Andre Lascaris
  • Editor:
    Christopher Kroll
  • Composer:
    Andrew Kaiser

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