Wakefield, based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow, is about the desire to start again, bidding farewell for good to a luxury but stressful life. But can this be done with impunity?
Successful lawyer Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) lives in a huge house in a New York suburb with his much younger wife Diane and their twin daughters. After a day of setbacks, he finds himself in the attic of his garage opposite his house. Through a small window Howard is able to closely observe his family. He wants to see how they will experience his absence if he leaves them. What starts out as a single night of solitude becomes months of improvised camping. At nights he raids rubbish bins for food…
Wakefield is a highly detailed exploration of voyeurism in a domestic context. As the narrator, Wakefield himself leads us through his inner world, turning out in the process not to be such a reliable witness to his own life. Cranston’s immense acting talent and his charisma make this an enthralling film!
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