The Quitter is a heartwarming film about a former ball player reuniting with his past love and the child he left behind.
Having spent time on set and witnessing, at times, the filming of this movie, it was easy to see why a film about family was a natural fit. Matthew and Julianna, who are at each other's throats in the film a fair amount of the time, were actually planning their upcoming nuptials in their "spare time." The all-inclusive cast and crew made me feel like I was a member of the family coming home for Sunday dinner. Not only friendly to outsiders, but kind to each other as well. It was a true testament to how well their team worked together.
At first glance, you may think it will be a classic love story and, in some ways it is, but not how you might think. The film focuses on relationships. The relationship between father and daughter, Luka, and how that comes to threaten the mother who has raised her alone since birth. This also enables us to get an inside look at the bond between the mother and child that have had to rely only on each other.
Jonathan, Matthew's character, has a precarious relationship with his father, played by Dan Grimaldi of The Sopranos, which makes us surprisingly sympathetic toward him after abandoning his little girl. The challenges with his own parents add to his baggage. You begin to see Jonathan as the lost soul that he was seven years prior and his struggle to become the man he needs, and desperately wants, to be today.
The film focuses on relationships in a modern world. It takes a realistic look at these complex interactions. We follow the characters on their individual, and collective, journeys of growth to be able to come together in whatever way possible for the love of their child.
The Quitter opens in New York on Sept. 12.
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