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The Daytrippers
IFC Center
Monday, Dec 16, 2019 6:45 PM
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With its droll humor and bittersweet emotional heft, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola announced the arrival of an unassumingly sharp-witted new talent on the 1990s indie film scene. When she discovers a love letter written to her husband (Stanley Tucci) by an unknown paramour, the distraught Eliza (Hope Davis) turns to her tight-knit Long Island family for advice. Soon the entire clan—strong-willed mom (Anne Meara), taciturn dad (Pat McNamara), and jaded sister (Parker Posey) with pretentious boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) in tow—has squeezed into a station wagon and headed into Manhattan to find out the truth, kicking off a one-crazy-day odyssey full of unexpected detours and life-changing revelations. Performed with deadpan virtuosity by a top-flight ensemble cast, THE DAYTRIPPERS is a wry and piercing look at family bonds stretched to the breaking point.


The new 4K transfer, overseen by writer-director Greg Mottola and The Critierion Collection’s Lee Kline, was made from the original 16mm camera negative, with the soundtrack remastered from the original 35mm magnetic tracks.


Film Details
Director:Greg Mottola
Writer:Greg Mottola
Editor:Anne McCabe
Cinematographer:John Inwood
Cast:Parker Posey
Hope Davis
Liev Schreiber
Stanley Tucci
Pat McNamara
Anne Meara
Campbell Scott