Run & Jump

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Directed by Oscar-nominee Steph Green (2009 Best Live Action Short Film nominee New Boy) and featuring Nebraska star Will Forte, this life-affirming film embraces the healing power of love and family in all of its idiosyncratic forms. After a stroke leaves her husband mentally disabled and fundamentally changed, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia (Maxine Peake, Best Laid Plans) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. A research grant from American doctor Ted Fielding (Forte), interested in documenting the family’s recovery process, allows them to get by. Though Vanetia initially resents living under Ted’s microscope, she soon finds comfort in his calming presence, while Ted responds to Vanetia’s dynamic, unpredictable personality. As the two explore their bond within their unique situation, a new family begins to emerge. Run & Jump is an unexpected, unconventional romance, intimate family portrait and emotional journey of recovery that ultimately uplifts through its heartfelt message of human connection and the power of acceptance. (Dir. by Steph Green, 2013, Ireland/Germany, in English, 103 mins., Not Rated, Sundance Selects) Digital