David O. Russell’s joyously bent follow-up to his Oscar®-winning drama The Fighter finds him returning to the rich territory of his oddball roots (Spanking the Monkey, I Heart Huckabees, MVFF 2004). Bradley Cooper is Pat Solitano, a bipolar Philadelphian who moves back in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver) after spending time in an institution for a violent assault. It’s not exactly the dream premise for a comedy, but Russell is a master at infusing dark subject matter with an organic levity—much like his main character, who despite serious anger issues makes a concerted effort to look on the bright side of life. Pat’s situation gets more complicated, though, when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a seriously troubled woman and obviously kindred spirit. With a pitch-perfect blend of humor and pathos, and featuring a slew of inspired performances, Silver Linings Playbook deals with issues of mental illness, family dysfunction and loss with the deft touch only a true filmmaking virtuoso can provide.
Film Note Writer: Michelle Devereaux
OPENING NIGHT GALA
FOLLOWS THE OPENING NIGHT SCREENINGS
Thursday, October 4
9:30 pm to 12:00 am
In the downtown Plaza, Mill Valley!
After our Opening Night films, join us at the downtown plaza of Mill Valley for delicious savories and sweets, wine, Lagunitas beer and cocktails as we celebrate our landmark 35th Festival!
This year, the spotlight will be in our local chefs who, in partnership with local farms, will bring the best of Marin's culinary treasures to the table. Our favorite local brewery, Lagunitas, will be serving up a special batch of MVFF Anniversary brew. Enjoy a great evening together celebrating the rich history of Mill Valley Film Festival.
Official Opening Night After-Party - FREE for all Opening Night Film attendees (must show ticket or badge)
SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL & CAFE
19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley