The time and care that Alexander Payne put into this movie pay big dividends. 'The Holdovers' is the best and most satisfying film I’ve seen all year.
From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).
Comedy, Drama, Christmas
Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Nominee, People’s Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival