The Automatic Hate


New American Cinema

SIFF Says:

Nature and nurture battle for supremacy in this riveting mystery from GIRLFRIEND director Justin Lerner. Davis Green (Joseph Cross, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS), a Boston chef, grew up thinking he knew everything about his father, Ronald (Richard Schiff, “The West Wing”), a psychology professor. One day, a young woman named Alexis (Adelaide Clemens, “Rectify”) introduces herself to Davis as his cousin, the daughter of his dad’s brother. Since Davis had always assumed Ronald was an only child, he sends this odd, jittery character on her way, but then he stumbles upon a hidden artifact that proves she was telling the truth. With things at home tense between Davis and his girlfriend, Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll, “True Blood”), and with Ronald refusing to talk about the past, Davis drives to a farm in upstate New York where he finally connects with his long-lost uncle, Josh (Ricky Jay, HOUSE OF GAMES. But Josh isn’t talking either, so Davis and Alexis launch their own investigation to figure out what split the family apart. Davis began this journey feeling confident about his capacities, but fate has other plans.

Stranger Says:

A chance encounter between cousins leads to a whole mess of closeted skeletons in this nicely enigmatic mystery. The low-key style takes a while to percolate, but the terrific cast and some twisty instances of morality keep the mood lingering well past the final shot. Plus, Ricky Jay is in it. (ANDREW WRIGHT)

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Film Credits
Justin Lerner
Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Yvonne Zima, Vanessa Zima
SIFF 2015