Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Indignation 2016

Directed by James Schamus

Adapted from Philip Roth’s autobiographical novel of the same name, Indignation is an incisive, affecting drama of embattled individuality on a 50s American campus. With Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon.

USA In English
111 minutes DCP
M (violence, offensive language and sex scenes)

Director

Producers

Anthony Bregman
,
James Schamus
,
Rodrigo Teixeira

Screenplay

James Schamus. Based on the novel by Philip Roth

Photography

Christopher Blauvelt

Editor

Andrew Marcus

Production designer

Inbal Weinberg

Costume designer

Amy Roth

Music

Jay Wadley

With

Logan Lerman (Marcus Messner)
,
Sarah Gadon (Olivia Hutton)
,
Tracy Letts (Dean Caudwell)
,
Linda Edmond (Esther Messner)
,
Danny Burstein (Max Messner)
,
Ben Rosenfield (Bertram Flusser)
,
Pico Alexander (Sonny Cottler)
,
Philip Ettinger (Ron Foxman)
,
Noah Robbins (Marty Ziegler)

Festivals

Sundance
,
Berlin
,
San Francisco 2016

Acclaimed screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer of some of the best American films of the last two decades (Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain), James Schamus makes his directorial debut with this insightful and beautifully acted adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel. 

Indignation casts Logan Lerman as college freshman Marcus Messner, the son of a Jewish Newark butcher, who’s been sent to small Winesburg College in Ohio to pursue his ambitions of becoming a lawyer, and to avoid the Korean War, which has begun killing boys from his close-knit community.

Smart and principled (perhaps to a fault, the movie argues), avowed atheist Marcus clashes with the morals of his Christian college (especially those of a devout dean, played with stern certitude by Tracy Letts), and with his own sense of propriety, after he meets a beautiful, troubled fellow student, Olivia (Sarah Gadon…). Indignation is essentially about the rigidity of institutions – academic, religious, philosophical – restricting and thwarting, but also shaping, youthful idealism.

It’s a pleasure to watch [Lerman] dig into this dense material, guided by an earnest curiosity and a hint of a perhaps necessary cockiness… Schamus’s film is sturdy, traditional. Lerman works well in this setting, acting with openness and thoughtfulness and, crucially here, restraint… It’s exciting to see [him] hit his stride, just as it’s exciting to see Schamus helm a film all his own. Indignation is a dedicated, unadorned drama of ideas, but Schamus has filled the picture with subtle artistry.” — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair