Get ready to see Kristen Wiig in a new light. The actress tones down her look and comedic chops for Hateship Loveship. It's her latest film and it's a far cry from the 2011 blockbuster, Bridesmaids. Hateship Loveship is a a small production that features big talent and a tender story.
The film stars Wiig as Johanna, a shy housekeeper and caregiver. She's hired by a man called Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) to look after his troubled granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). The teen has been struggling since her mother's unexpected death years before. Meanwhile, Sabitha's father, Ken (Guy Pearce), has his own issues, which include drug abuse.
Johanna is thrown into the family's dysfunction when Sabitha plays a prank on her. She poses as her father and begins sending love letters to Johanna. What starts out as a harmless joke becomes painfully awkward for everyone involved. Johanna assumes she and Ken have made a real connection. Their relationship allows her to express herself in ways she never thought possible.
Hateship Loveship also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti. The film is directed by Liza Johnson from a screenplay by Mark Poirier. The story is based on author Alice Munro's 2001 short story, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.
Hateship Loveship opens in theaters and VOD April 11.
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