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It’s America in the 1950’s. Since his mother's confinement to an institution, Andy (Ty Sheridan) has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum), employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour that advocates for doctor’s increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure. As the tour progresses and Andy witnesses the doctor's career and life unravel, he begins to identify with the institution’s patients. Arriving at a California mountain town, a growing center of the New Age movement, they encounter an unconventional French healer (Denis Levant) who requests a lobotomy for his own daughter. Directed by Rick Alverson (THE COMEDY)

“Dark and visionary…has a lot to say about the state of the union today in its most conservative, repressive dress, particularly its attitude toward free-thinking women with a mind of their own.” —Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“A beautiful…enigmatic look at early ‘50s America, drawing a fascinating contrast between its mythological ideals and harsh realities.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“...Punctuated with sublime, extreme slo-mo tableaux, Alverson’s imagining of the 1950s is a fascinatingly subversive, contradiction….” —Jessica Kiang, Playlist


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