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The Humans

Directed by Stephen Karam
2021
USA
108 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer and Steven Yeun star in this haunting film striking an uncanny balance between family dramedy and subtle psychological horror.
Based on writer-director Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning Broadway play, The Humans sees a family gather for Thanksgiving in a pricey but rundown New York apartment. As day passes into night and alcohol flows, simmering tensions and tragic histories are revealed. The knock-out ensemble (including June Squibb, Beanie Feldstein and Jayne Houdyshell) brilliantly navigate unspoken tension. The framing of characters in the gloomy background and eerie talk of bad dreams, give their personal crises a sense of profound existential dread. Brilliant cinematography, editing and sound design create a mood of expressionist horror; the shadows, textures and noises in the old building are almost characters in themselves.
There’s something both reassuring and terrifying about it all… The Humans is going to haunt me and it’s going to haunt you too.
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
I love the patience with which [Karam] lets things unfold, the respect he shows this family, and the way these characters don’t feel like characters at all, but real people — fellow humans.
Peter Debug, Variety

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Wed 8 Jun
6:15pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 12 Jun
8:15pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Tue 14 Jun
8pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 4
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Stephen Karam
Producer
Stephen Karam, Louise Lovegrove
Cast
Amy Schumer, Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun
Screenwriter
Stephen Karam
Cinematographer
Lol Crawley
Editor
Nick Houy
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Off-Beat, Literary & Adaptations
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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