Taglines: Suicide is the role you write for yourself.
Simon Axler is an aging actor with bouts of dementia and related issues. He is institutionalized after an incident during a Broadway play, then returns home, where he contemplates suicide. When he embarks upon an affair with a friend’s amoral lesbian daughter, his world starts to fall apart. It ends on stage, with even Axler’s audience and fellow actors unsure what’s real and what’s not.
Based on Phillip Roth’s final novel, The Humbling tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggle to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen. The Humbling is directed by Barry Levinson and also stars Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin and Nina Arianda.
The Humbling is an erotic comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede, based on the 2009 novel, The Humbling, written by Philip Roth. The film stars Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin and Mandy Patinkin. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and in the Out of Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Starring: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Nina Arianda, Li Jun Li, Maria Di Angelis, Ricky Paull Goldin
Screenplay by: Buck Henry, Michal Zebede
Production Design by: Sam Lisenco
Cinematography by: Adam Jandrup
Film Editing by: Aaron Yanes
Art Direction by: Steven Jos Phan
Costume Design by: Kim Wilcox
Music by: The Affair, Marcelo Zarvos
MPAA Rating: R for sexual material, language and brief violence.
Studio: Millennium Films
Release Date: January 23, 2015
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