*WINNER OF 2 2024 BAFTAs*
From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.
Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).
“Paul Giamatti shines in Alexander Payne’s best film since Sideways.
The star gives an awards-worthy performance as a teacher forced to look after pupils over the Christmas break in this terrific period piece ”
“It shoots us off on unexpected asides, some funny, some tragic, all engaging”
“a masterclass in melancholy with Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph”
“Paul Giamatti shines in a warm, sentimental comedy made for life’s curmudgeons”