in about 100 words or less
US 115m, Colour
Director: Alexander Payne; Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster
The Descendants is a thoughtful family drama about the tragic events which leave an estranged wife and the mother of two in a coma after a boating accident. Events are complicated for the husband when he learns of the wife’s extramarital affair while he attempts to decide the sale of a huge plot of inherited land, for which he is the trustee for many members of his family who stand to become very wealthy with the transaction. Set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a beautiful filmed, well acted drama with dark comedic moments and characters whose decisions are meaningful and thought-provoking (Klaus Ming August 2013).