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At Theaters: 10/19/2018 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601264
Studio: Bleecker Street
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After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious college-age daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remain at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a sought-after "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments make an already difficult decision close to impossible.
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Hilary Swank THE HOMESMAN, CONVICTION, AMELIA, P.S. I LOVE YOU
Michael Shannon 12 STRONG, THE SHAPE OF WATER, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Robert Forster THE DESCENDANTS, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
Blythe Danner I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, THE LUCKY ONE
Director: Elizabeth Chomko Directing Debut
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good ...the movie finds ways to celebrate the love between generations, from grandmother to granddaughter. Chomko chooses to focus on the light in moments of darkness, and the movie ends on a bittersweet, comforting note. Despite all we stand to loose in our old age, may we all be so lucky to have memories worth fighting to hold onto.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Very Good You laugh as much as you cry, which means you believe in the movie's truth. This is a family that shouts together, that leaves bruises, that cackles at things that would crush others. What They Had is most impressive when it shows how Alzheimer's doesn't affect just one person, but everyone who comes close.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Bridget (Hilary Swank), a California chef, is called home to Chicago when her ailing mother Ruth (Blythe Danner) disappears in the middle of a blizzard. With her rebellious daughter Emma (Taissa Farmiga) in tow, Bridget arrives to find Ruth safe, but increasingly confused and disoriented. Ruth's latest excursion is the last straw for her son Nicky (Michael Shannon), who believes she needs to be in a "memory care" facility, but her husband Bert (Robert Forster) insists that her place is with him at home in the life they have made together.

Bridget struggles with her own troubled marriage, her complicated relationship with Emma and her guilt about having left her family in Chicago. As Nicky pushes her to put Ruth in a nursing home and Bert grows angry with her interference, Bridget searches for a solution that will make everyone happy. Then, the family faces one more unexpected crisis that forces her into an impossible position

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