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A FAMILY MUST MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION IN A POIGNANT AND UNIVERSAL STORY ABOUT CONFRONTING THE INEVITABLE
FRED WON'T MOVE OUT
Elliott Gould and Judith Roberts Give Moving Performances in Richard Ledes' Personal and Heartfelt Drama, Coming to Virgil Films DVD and Digital Download June 11, 2013
"A finely calculated, understated work of art" - Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
The ravages of age and the frayed connections between generations are at the heart of FRED WON'T MOVE OUT, Richard Ledes' poignant and personal story of a family at a breaking point. Elliott Gould and Judith Roberts star in the drama, which arrives on DVD and Digital Download from Virgil Films on June 11, 2013. The DVD will have an SRP of $24.99.
Told with both humor and wistfulness, FRED WON'T MOVE OUT presents the inevitable dilemma faced by elderly parents and their grown children. Fred (Elliott Gould (Ocean's Eleven, MASH, Friends) and his wife Susan (Judith Roberts, Eraserhead, The Nanny Diaries) have lived in the same suburban house for more than fifty years, the house where they raised their children Bob and Carol. Now, Bob, a struggling filmmaker, and psychotherapist Carol have come home for a visit with their parents. But their real mission is to convince Fred to accompany their mom, who has Alzheimer's, in moving to an assisted-living facility in town.
While Susan fails to understand what is happening, Fred, who may be showing early signs of senility, refuses to leave his home. Their Ghanian live-in caregiver (Mfoniso Udofia) attempts to remain neutral in the proceedings, though her life will change drastically if Bob (Fred Melamed, A Serious Man) and Carol (Stephanie Roth Haberle, Melinda and Melinda) have their way.
Writer-director Richard Ledes shot the film in sequence in three weeks at his childhood home in Westchester County, New York, and utilized a mix of improvisational work.
FRED WON'T MOVE OUT was named among the "Best of the Fest" at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for Best North American Independent Film at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. It received a theatrical release in more than 20 top markets.
The New York Times' Stephen Holden said the movie "gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents." Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic called it "a nicely observed look at the struggle between aging parents and their children, when the ravages of time begin to take their toll." "Richard Ledes finds a dynamic that's so real you feel uncomfortable watching," said the Seattle Times' Moira Macdonald.
About Virgil Films - Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary, Miss Representation; Todd Solondz's latest film, Dark Horse, the critically acclaimed documentary, High Ground and the hit documentary Forks Over Knives. They have also successfully released Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo. www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com
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FRED WON'T MOVE OUT
Available on DVD & Digital Download: June 11, 2013
DVD SRP: $24.99
Running time: 75 minutes