Fredericton / Calendar / Captain Fantastic
Tilley Hall, UNB Campus
Tilley Hall, UNB Campus
9 MacAulay Lane
Fredericton, NB

Captain Fantastic

The sophomore film from actor-director Matt Ross (best known for his roles on TV’s Big Love and Silicon Valley), Captain Fantastic offers a delightfully offbeat and heartwarming tale about love, duty, and family.

Ben (Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises) and his wife are non-conformists who have chosen to raise their six kids deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, where they have been taught to live off the land, trained to have the endurance of professional athletes, and instilled with advanced knowledge of philosophy, literature, and geopolitics (they consider soda “poison water” and celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day” in place of Christmas).

When tragedy strikes and the delicate ecosystem of their counterculture paradise is thrown into disarray, Ben and his clan are forced to take a trip across the country in their camper van affectionately named “Steve.”

Both heartbreak and hilarity ensue as the kids face some of their first social interactions with the wider world — and discover hot dogs.

As his children see more of the world — and as his rebellious eldest son (George MacKay, Pride, Sunshine on Leith) becomes determined to march to the beat of his own drum — Ben begins to question whether shutting them off from it is the right decision.

Nov 28, 2016