TIFF 2015: ‘James White’ trailer highlights the struggles of a troubled twenty-something

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After generating buzz at Sundance this year, indie drama James White will be making a stop at TIFF and has finally received a trailer. Directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer producer Josh Mond, the film stars Christopher Abbott as the title character and Cynthia Nixon as his dying mother. The film also stars Ron Livingston, Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi, and Mackenzie Leigh. Here’s the synopsis:

James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.

Stories of tortured twenty-somethings in a big city are popular these days, but James White looks like it goes deeper into this concept. Adding a touching and conflicted mother/son relationship to the mix will definitely bring out the best in the two leads. J.R. Kinard speaks highly of Nixon in his Sundance review of the film: “It’s a heroic performance, lacking any trace of ego or vanity. When Nixon and Abbott connect on screen, it’s some of the most powerful stuff you will see in 2015.”

James White will hit US theaters on November 13. Check out the trailer below:

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