Rosamund Pike Stars in Comedic Thriller 'I Care a Lot' at the Virtual KCET Cinema Series on February 19th
Q&A immediately following with J Blakeson, Teddy Schwarzman, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Eiza González, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chris Messina.
Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. It’s a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business partner and lover Fran (Eiza González) use with brutal efficiency on their latest mark, Jennifer Peterson (two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest) — a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family. But when she turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster (Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square.
Director J Blakeson shared, “It started when I saw news stories about real-life predatory guardians who game the system and exploit their wards. And I was horrified. Imagine opening your door one day and there is a person standing there holding a piece of paper that gives them total legal power over you. That idea terrified me — and seemed very relevant right now. It plugged into themes that I am interested in exploring — themes about the power of authority, about people vs profit, control vs freedom, humanity vs bureaucracy...I knew I had to explore it. At the same time, I have always wanted to make a film about ambition. About how the world views and values success. About the moral compromises people are willing to make to gain success and wealth. To ask questions about how the people who are shaping our world have gained their wealth and power. What lines did they have to cross to succeed? And what was the collateral damage that they left in their wake on their path to becoming wealthy and powerful?”
Immediately following the screening, Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will moderate a Q&A with J Blakeson, Teddy Schwarzman, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Eiza González, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chris Messina.
The film screens on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. PST. Only $10 per viewing link. Limited space available.
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