Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 53m
Jason Reitman, director of Juno, tackles the scandalous true story of Gary Hart, who, after almost winning the White House, faced a career dogged by gossip and missed opportunities.
Four years after losing the race for Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) emerges as the clear front runner for his party. With his unassuming demeanour and bipartisan reputation for honesty, Hart promises a new politics that favours integrity over photo opportunities and buzzwords. But when he invites the press to follow him off the campaign trail–against his manager Bill Dixon’s (J.K. Simmons) better judgement–the public begin to question his fidelity. A series of incriminating photos leave his wife Oletha (Vera Farmiga) reeling, and he soon finds himself fighting to repair both his private life and his public image.
Jackman delivers an astonishing performance as Hart, capturing the senator’s appeal while hinting at the secrets that haunted him. Farmiga is also impressive, poignantly portraying a woman forced to sacrifice her own interests to her husband’s ambition. Reitman handles this sensitive topic with tact, presenting the facts with clarity and forcing us to ponder the pressure we place on our public figures.