Holly Hunter’s Claudia Larson takes the Tortoros ride home
Foster divides the story about a family of special individuals who gather to celebrate Thanksgiving into four sections: “Flying”, “Mom and Dad”, “Relatives”, “Birds”, “Cleaning Up”, and “Now What”, specifying Strictly fore—until Thanksgiving, the inevitable disasters that would strike, and beyond.
Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) has just lost her job, and in the midst of being fired, she’s trying to make peace with her boss, who’s canning her. She is also about to send her 16-year-old daughter Kate (Claire Danes) to spend Thanksgiving with Kate’s friend’s family, where she is bound to lose her virginity. To say Claudia has some issues to deal with is an understatement. However, she took a plane to Baltimore to endure the holiday. Before she gets there, she must first put up with the older woman in the seat next to her who usually overeats and eats hard-boiled eggs.
Director Foster reminds audiences that it’s not just the destination that’s practically unbearable — it’s the journey, too. When Claudia reached the branchless tree limbs and dreary steel-gray sky of late Maryland fall, she was greeted by her chain-smoking mother, Adele (Ann Bancroft) and Portley Papa Henry (Charles Durning), who fill in Claudia on the ringworm and ear and foot fungus that the family cat is currently suffering from. When his hyperactive gay brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.) unexpectedly returns to the Larson house, Claudia is relieved to have another comrade-in-arms to help her fight off the fatherly Hullabaloo. But Tommy brought with him a new guy, Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott), and Claudia wrongly assumes that Tommy has dumped his longtime friend Jack for this handsome young man. Leo is just an employee of her brother, but Tommy, who appears to be elated by some psychological torture, doesn’t quite make it clear to Claudia, leaving her to debunk over what might happen between Tommy and Jack. Tommy’s inclusion in the proceedings adds an extra layer of tension to the atmosphere, because although Mom and Dad must definitely know that Tommy prefers boys, they would like to live in a fantasy world in which an eligible bachelor is waiting for the right girl. . Foster uses the character of Tommy to focus on an unwritten rule in a number of American families — if it’s an uncomfortable topic, but nobody talks about it, it doesn’t exist.
Holiday Home shows us the nightmare of running into your high school opponent
As if spending Thanksgiving with the family isn’t enough effort, Foster throws up another potential nightmare – meeting up with his old high school classmates. As Claudia walks along the sidewalk in her mother’s oversized pink coat while hauling two full bags of groceries, her nemesis, Homecoming Queen Jenny (Amy Yasbeck), enlarged in a convertible and resplendent in gorgeous rust-colored fur, only too happy to let Claudia know how well she’s done in the 20 years since graduation. Foster sets this awkward meeting against the backdrop of a graveyard, letting the audience know Claudia is a little dying inside as she struggles to bear the confrontation. While a number of us fantasize about meeting people we couldn’t stand during our school days, hoping things wouldn’t go so well for them, the truth is that they probably ended up just fine, and Foster isn’t afraid to show just how good those moments can be. Disappointing.
What Thanksgiving movie is complete without the crazy aunt and the straight sister?
What agonizing holiday would be complete without the slightly unbalanced relative who has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving? Enter Aunt Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin, in one of her funniest and most poignant on-screen appearances), is a retired Latina teacher who lives alone, save for the 210 plants that make her home look like the Brazilian rainforest. “Glady,” as the family calls her, wears a necklace made of Froot Loops and carries a floor lamp that she won The price is right. She also has uncontrollable gas. The Larson family’s circus act adds another episode when Claudia and Tommy’s uptight sister Joanne (Cynthia Stephenson(arrives to the festivities with her husband, Walter)Steve Guttenberg) and fanatical girls. Joan is everything Claudia and Tommy aren’t – disciplined, stern, and excruciatingly efficient. Joanne is a woman on a mission to make Thanksgiving run like a well-oiled machine, even if it kills her. She even brought her own turkey to the procedures. Seeing herself as the long-suffering sister who stayed to take care of her father and mother while Claudia and Tommy run away to live their “weird lives”, Claudia is a dormant volcano in a Laura Ashley dress, full of resentment and anger, waiting to erupt, and it isn’t long before lava begins to erupt. blast.
All this leads to the inevitable dinner table meltdown
Things are starting to go south as the family sits down to eat their bird and when Aunt Glady finishes her fifth glass of Chardonnay. In an alcohol-fuelled confession, Glady tells everyone she’s been in love with her brother-in-law since the first time she laid eyes on him 43 years ago. “For one special moment, my little life was as big as I ever wanted it to be,” Gladi tells the stunned group at the table. “Whenever I look at your father, I know how lucky my sister must be, because he made all my dreams come true for her.” It’s a bittersweet moment, because while Glady reaffirms her enduring pain for the first time, she also relishes a sweet memory of how life felt in “Thanksgiving, 1952, 2:00 PM.”
While the family does their best to change the subject and pretend another uncomfortable moment just didn’t happen, Tommy furiously carves Joan’s bird and accidentally tosses it into her lap. This flying turkey is really just a metaphor for futile attempts to keep secrets at bay and truths from escaping. Once the turkey strikes Joan, it’s as if evil spirits from Pandora’s Box have been released. A once-buttoned Christian woman yells at Tommy with such hatred that she could make the wallpaper in the dining room melt. Joan flings as she unleashes Tommy’s big secret.
For Joan, it’s not her brother being gay that bothers her; That’s it Embarrasses She is, and this is another major fact that Foster brings out in the movie. Holidays become a source of anxiety and stress for families as everyone is busy overexerting themselves to prevent anything unpleasant from arising. After all, isn’t the holiday season based on the misconception that everyone loves each other unconditionally, no one ever does wrong, and there’s no such thing as imperfection? In perhaps the most honest moment in the movie, Claudia tries to apologize to Joan. Joanne’s reaction cuts to the core. “If I just met you on the street,” Joan said to her sister, “if you give me your number, I’ll throw it away.” Angry and defeated, Claudia asks Leo, “When you come home, do you look around and wonder, ‘Who are these people?'” Where did you come from? You look at them all sitting there, you know, they look familiar, but who the hell are they?
Jodie Foster’s “Holiday Home” reminds us why we keep holiday traditions alive
shine on Holiday home Not only in the way she rips the façade of the Happy Happy American Family, but in the way that, in her latest work, she also reminds us of the importance of family, even if it isn’t always neatly wrapped in a package with a pretty bow at the top. When Aunt Glady confesses her love for Henry, she mentions three words – “one special moment”. The only special moment that made Glady’s life worth living that keeps her coming back to her family is the memory of the first time she saw Henry. It was all for her.
Jodie Foster closes the film with a touching montage of each Larson family member remembering “one special moment” accompanied by a beautiful voiceover. Nat King Cole Sing “Your Idea”. Henry remembers holding his family close by as they watched an amazing 727 soar through the air. Adele remembers the first time Henry held her during a bowling date in their youth. Tommy remembers his beach wedding to Jack. Joan remembers a playful moment with Walter as they moved into their first home. And for Claudia, it’s a real-time moment, torn in Leo’s arms as they head home on the plane. All the pain, sadness and anxiety. It’s all worth it for that special moment, which is why we keep holiday traditions going.