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Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star as mother and son in the drama Ben is Back. When drug addict Ben (Hedges) unexpectedly returns to his family home on Christmas Eve, the festive reunion is clouded by Ben’s past. The film co-stars Courtney B. Vance and Kathryn Newton as Ben’s stepfather and sister. The film was written and directed by Peter Hedges, and explores at how drug addiction affects not only the user but their community.
The double “Hedges” is no coincidence, the director/actor duo are real life father and son – which brings an added element to the family drama. When Peter Hedges spoke to @ScottyWillats during TIFF2018 he talked about the importance of capturing the relationship between mothers and their children, “nobody loves you like your mom.” Exploring that relationship has been a constant in Peter’s work (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy, and Pieces of April), it’s no surprise that the layered maternal character spoke to Julia Roberts.
Ben is Back is an emotional journey, maybe one best experienced with your mom this holiday season. The film is rated 14A it opens in Toronto on December 14th before expanding across Canada on December 21st.
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