Our Friend (2021 Film) Information

Our Friend is a drama/comedy film. It is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. 

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Cast

Casey Affleck as Matthew Teague
Dakota Johnson as Nicole Teague
Jason Segel as Dane Faucheux
Jake Owen as Aaron
Gwendoline Christie as Teresa
Cherry Jones as Faith Pruett
Denée Benton as Charlotte
Isabella Rice as Molly
Violet McGraw as Evie
Marielle Scott as Kat
Ahna O’Reilly as Gale
Azita Ghanizada as Elizabeth
Sampley Barinaga as Kenny

Synopsis of the film

The film is based on the true story of the Teague family.  They consists of journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters. Their lives are suddenly changes when they receive news of Nicole’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Matt seeks assistant from their best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel). As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

Jason Segal Statement

There’s a lot of playing with time in the script.  The filmmakers believed that there’s an important reason to not tell this as a linear story of a descent into death; this is about the complications of life and what happens when you add a ticking clock to that.

One of the beautiful things about marriage is you have this idea that we both agreed not to leave and we have time to figure out our issues. Well what happens when an artificial ticking clock is brought in, somebody is going to leave, so there is a timetable to figuring out this stuff?

This movie is about a million different things.  It’s about grief, it’s about friendship, it’s about loss, it’s about selflessness, it’s about service.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite Statement

There are certain stories that you feel are yours.  This was OUR FRIEND for me. I had read the article when it appeared in Esquire and was so moved by it—by its honesty and how it took a different angle, how it backed into grief in a way I had never seen before. And so I posted it on social media, which I never do, and I tagged Matthew Teague (who I did not know at the time)

I don’t do that sort of thing a lot—and congratulated him like he was a friend of mine. Later, when I had been working with the Scott Free guys on something else and Michael Pruss showed me the logline of a script he wanted me to read, which was the logline of OUR FRIEND, I went, ‘Oh my gosh, I know this.’

So I read the script immediately and wrote him back and said, ‘Yes. Just yes.’ And later talking to Matthew Teague, he said, ‘I knew you were serious. You had told me how amazing the article was; I knew you weren’t just trying to land a film.” It wasn’t just another Hollywood conversation. It came from an authentic place.

Release date

The movie is set to be release on January 22, 2021.

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