What would your life be without you?
A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.
A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.
Bonnie Curtis Julie Lynn Ruth Mutch Sharon Carr Keith Patterson Lars P. Winther Eric Nelsen Brandon Powers Jason Speer Monica Lee Bellais Sean Lydiard Kevin Lamb Marty Newton Stephanie Pinola Dominick LaRuffa Jr. Wendy Federman Carl Moellenberg Maria J. McDonald Sainty Nelsen Amy Lynn Quinn Peter Winther Bobby Sain Luigi Caiola Joel Gardner Iris Smith Jesse Schraft Peter Rinearson Jill Rinearson Michael Palitz Gabrielle Palitz Patricia Klausner Jim Kierstead Phil Kenny Kenneth Kades Rob Hinderliter Alex Guez Gayle Gardner
웨이크필드, Wakefield - Nascosto nell'ombra
“What is so sacrosanct about a marriage and a family that you should have to live in it day after day?” That’s a hell of a thing to hear from a guy like Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), a wealthy Westchester lawyer with a beautiful wife (Jennifer Garner) two healthy teenage daughters, and a house so big that someone could rather comfortably reside in its two-story garage.
But Howard — whose sniveling inner monologue seeps into almost every moment of the jagged, acidic comedy that shares his name — isn’t your typical bored white-collar suburbanite. He’s not Lester Burnham, numb with ennui. He’s not Brad Adamson in “Little Children,” desperate to feel another woman’s touch. He’s just an asshole, one of the most selfish characters you’ll ever see on a movie screen, and it’s a strange pleasure to watch him self-destruct when he realizes that he no longer envies his own life.
"How far am I willing to let this go?"
There's a twisted kind of thrill in ruining your own life. When you feel stuck in the routine and mundanity of the everyday, there's the illusion of power when you actively decide to destroy it. For once, you're in full control. There's even something invigorating about isolating yourself from everyone you care about. No one took notice of you before, at least not in the way you wanted, but now you're all they can think about. Self-destruction can seductive, a deeply thrilling alternative to an imperfect situation. However, this cheap thrill soon fades away -- the power you once felt in making bold decisions turns into deep regret, and you're left…
Dem Alltag entkommen - Diesen Gedanken hatte vermutlich schon jeder mal. Anwalt Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) nimmt diese Vorstellung etwas zu ernst und flüchtet auf den Dachboden, wo er von nun an seine Familie, primär seine Ehefrau (Jennifer Garner), beobachtet, während diese nicht weiß, wo er steckt. Was anfangs wie eine moderne Version von Hitchcocks Das Fenster zum Hof beginnt, entwickelt sich immer mehr zu einem Survival-Philosophie-Drama. Klingt kompliziert, ist es aber nicht.
Die Grundprämisse von Wakefield - Dein Leben ohne Dich hat mich von Anfang an sehr interessiert. So ganz wusste ich im Vorfeld nicht, was ich zu erwarten habe und aufgrund der leider nur okayen Bewertungen waren meine Erwartungen auch nicht all zu hoch. Doch ich wurde wahnsinnig…
People will say that I left my wife and I suppose, as a factual matter, I did, but where was the intentionality? I had no thought of deserting her.
As close to being a one man show without actually being one starring Bryan Cranston as everyone else are merely background players with most not even having audible dialogue in what could have been an incredibly creepy character study.
Cranston is great, I just think this premise doesn't feel fully developed and stays incredibly "safe" considering how creepy that premise is.
Have you ever felt so jaded that you said, "This is not my beautiful wife. This is not my beautiful house. What am I doing here?" Let it be known that my mind is effectively blown because, for the first time in the history of movie cliches, the makers of Wakefield didn't use that heavy-handed Talking Heads song to tell the audience that that is exactly what Mr. Wakefield is asking himself throughout the film. In the timeless and untimely tradition of American Beauty, Wakefield follows the emotional exploits of a rich, white dude going through his mid-life crisis in a quirky manner. This time, Bryan Cranston takes his turn at acting put upon. He decides to teach all of…
Bryan Cranston stars alongside a raccoon and some empty pints of Ben & Jerry's. His dialogue is mostly in narration. Jennifer Garner is there, but only really seen through a window where you can't hear a word she says. Several fantasy sequences and flashbacks fart their way through the film to puff it up to feature length. The whole thing is totally frustrating.
This movie is a bigger pile of trash than the ones Cranston's character eats out of the bins. Why can't anyone find a great film role for this guy?
Howard Wakefield : People will say that I left my wife and I suppose, as a factual matter, I did, but where was the intentionality? I had no thought of deserting her.
Wakefield is one such movie that makes u think what would happen if I desert everything, my family, my job; how would people around me react to my sudden disappearance. And this movie explores this idea, with amazing performance from Bryan Cranston who narrates the feelings that he is going through in that process and at some point one can reflect to it, but there could have been some risks taken it felt a bit safe, having said that it's still a good movie, that filled me with an unusual sense of calmness.
robin swicord out here making a hitchcock movie in the year 2016...we stan
This rather cold and unpleasant tale about a wealthy man walking out on his family only to take up residence in a place where he can watch them in a much closer way than any daily surveillance is saved by a powerhouse performance by Bryan Cranston in the leading role; his Howard Wakefield is selfish, but you can see through the cracks to what's inside.
Much of the film is internal monologue as Mr Wakefield goes from frustrated breakown to borderline comedy, and the film is true to the ambiguous ending of the original story by EL Doctorow. Robin Swicord directs with some flair - this is the first film of hers I have seen, and I will seek out others - and Jennifer Garner does what she can with a role which is largely 'being observed'.
The concept here, of an upper-class white-collar white guy getting tired of his life and taking a walk out of it to figure some things out may be an automatic pass for some at this point, but there's a weird energy that writer-director Robin Swicord harnesses here by keeping this thing remarkably naturalistic-creating a sort of mediation on the monsters men accidentally become to those around them while they're busy questing for answers in their own tidal pools, so to speak--and at the same time, Bryan Cranston gives a performance as a sort of human trash panda that's low-key epic in its own right.
Without Bryan Cranston this movie wouldn't be the same at all. His performance is what makes it worthwhile.
The concept of this film is very intriguing, the thought of running away from your normal life/relationship, yet still able to keep an eye on your loved ones is a fascinating idea. The script is very well written, I believe the Dad played by Bryan Cranston played the part very well and the thoughts we heared him have were some quite amusing. The idea of the down syndrome kids catching him out was clever, a brilliant film with an abrupt ending though.
A suburban take on Parasite.
Really enjoyed the humour and the concept. Bryan Cranston was great and the film would’ve struggled without him.
good idea from a distance, but the experience of watching this was horrible
as a commentary on entrenched misogyny and embedded superiority it was way too subtle, it’s so woman-hating in every aspect but i still felt like some people might relate to the man??? kind of difficult to watch cos it felt too close to reality
weird bit where he introduces a disabled girl to her own reflection after she finds him, brings him cake and later gives him medicine... weird bit where he communicates with homeless man by grunting as if when you become homeless you lose language... weird anti russian bit that was just confusing......
Ein wundervolles Gedankenspiel.
Wakefield ist ein recht unscheinbarer Film mit einem überragenden Bryan Cranston in der Hauptrolle.
Ohne viel zu verraten, wird dich der Film zum schmunzeln bringen, bedrücken, dich nachdenklich stimmen und auch traurig machen.
Es ist ein senieren über das Leben. Das was war, was sich verändert, und das was du jeder Zeit selbst ändern kannst.
Wer sich vom Trailer angesprochen fühlt, den erwartet genau dieses Stimmung im Film.
Also ein Geheimtipp, den ich empfehlen kann!
I am officially lost for words. This was a bloody masterpiece!
Fantastic acting from Bryan Cranston. If his long hair and beard was real, I wonder how long it took him to grow it because it was long af xD
usually i don't like films about assholes, but this was really well done! also i loved how it was done more as a character study than a plot-focused film. i'm gonna read the original short story someday
Wowowow. Are you kidding’ me
This is a 6 star film. I don't even know how to describe this film. Maybe it was just timing, but this hit home. The existential dread of keeping up appearances, and the small deviation from the normal routine spiraling into an almost voyeuristic existence is a recurring fantasy of mine. I haven't bern this surprised by a film in a long time.
Wakefield isn’t your typical drama. Cranston’s character is a true sociopathic antagonist who I despised throughout this often dreamlike “what if”-story. An interesting, but on the surface piece that lacks any emotional impact to make it memorable.
Bryan Cranston does what we can only dream of
Very very weird
Thought provoking film with a standout performance by Cranston that plays a deeply unpleasant, disturbed man that plays out, in his words, what many of us have thought about doing.
Vanessa 6,760 films
FAQ (please read before commenting)
Alma ⸸ 791 films
The first 30 films each have less than 800 views, victims of undeserved obscurity, watch them all.
“Love is something…
MundoF 6,286 films
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, stylized as tiff) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the…