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Win Win | Win WinDir: Thomas McCarthy
Struggling lawyer and volunteer high school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) thinks he has found the perfect solution to keep his business afloat. All he has to do is assume the guardianship of an elderly client and his problems are solved. Are his methods of doing so ethical? Not entirely but, hey... the client needs a guardian and Mike needs money. Win-win, right? It turns out not to be quite so easy as that when the client’s runaway grandson turns up on his doorstep and Mike has no choice but to take him in.
“The Station Agent “writer-director Tom McCarthy returns with WIN WIN, a dry comedy seemingly tailored to the strengths of its star – the great Paul Giamatti. Striking a balance between humour and humanity, WIN WIN showcases Giamatti as both a comedian and a legitimately great dramatic actor. McCarthy manages to find both the laughs and the soul in his material while offering a gentle reminder that salvation can come from surprising directions.
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Length: 1h 46'
Producer: Lisa Maria Falcone, Michael London, Mary Jane Skalski
Script: Thomas McCarthy, Joe Tiboni
DoP: Oliver Bolkeberg
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young
Production: 20th Century Fox International - Fox Searchlight
Awards and festivals: Sundance, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne