Ben Is Back


Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges, Oscar® nominee for “Manchester by the Sea”), a 19-year-old with a drug problem, unexpectedly returns home to his family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Holly (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but she’s wary of his staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she must do everything in her power to keep him safe. Variety writes: “‘Ben Is Back’ is the story of one day in the lives of the Burnses, during which this prodigal son will test the love of everyone who cares about him — and remind audiences everywhere why world-class empathy generator Roberts is what writer-director Peter Hedges described as ‘the mother of mothers’ at the film’s Toronto Film Festival premiere. And yes, before you ask: Hedges, the family-minded ‘Pieces of April’ helmer, is Lucas’ real-life dad, creating a part that showcases the talented 21-year-old’s abilities as well.”

103 min.

Directed by

Peter Hedges



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