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"A modern exploration of the American dream" that "follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale law student forced to return to his hometown."
Glenn Close joins Amy Adams in Oscar winner Ron Howard‘s (The Paper, A Beautiful Mind) drama Hillbilly Elegy. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water) adapted J.D. Vance‘s bestselling memoir, Hillybilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which sees the former Marine-turned-Yale law school student JD Vance (played by Gabriel Basso) return to the home in southern Ohio that he tried so hard to forget. While there, he must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Adams), who’s struggling with addiction.
Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to realize that to achieve his dreams, he must embrace his roots. By following three colourful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s powerful family story explores the highs and lows that define hillbilly culture, all while deconstructing stereotypes.