With the Toronto International Film Festival only days away, it’s about time that we get a glimpse at the film that will serve as the festival’s opener. Director Jean-Marc Vallee, after his critical success with Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, is back with his new film Demolition that finally had its first trailer released today. Vallee is once again rounding up strong actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the leading roles. Here’s the synopsis:
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
The trailer highlights both the tragic and comedic elements of the story, suggesting that the film will have a good balance of all sorts of emotions. It also shows that Gyllenhaal is still on a great streak with his film choices, reminding us of his constant versatility. It’s pretty much safe to say that you can always count on Vallee to bring the best out of the actors he works with. The film also stars Chris Cooper, Heather Lind, and Judah Lewis.
Demolition has its world premiere this Thursday at TIFF and will hit US theaters on April 8.