The Humans 2021

Directed by Stephen Karam Widescreen

A family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving in a rundown lower Manhattan apartment, Stephen Karam’s piercingly haunting adaptation of his own play explores the hidden dread beneath family bonds.

Aug 02

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Aug 06

ASB Waterfront Theatre

USA In English
108 minutes DCP
M
Offensive language & sexual references

Director

Producers

Stephen Karam, Louise Lovegrove, Jeffrey Penman

Screenplay

Stephen Karam. Based on his play

Cinematography

Lol Crawley

Editor

Nick Houy

Production designer

David Gropman

Costume designer

Ann Roth

Music

Nico Muhly

Cast

Richard Jenkins (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre), Amy Schumer (Aimee), Beanie Feldstein (Brigid), Steven Yeun (Richard), June Squibb (Momo)

Festivals

Toronto 2021; Sydney 2022

Elsewhere

“An adaptation of his own Tony-winning play, Stephen Karam’s directorial debut is a Thanksgiving dinner invitation you won’t want to turn down. Featuring poignant, funny, lived-in performances from an impeccable ensemble – Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell and Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb – The Humans tracks the emotional intricacies of a working-class family bound by tradition, contention, and unshakable loyalties.” — Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival 2021

“Existential dread has rarely felt so intimate and visceral… the film is a remarkably insightful and powerful portrait of the human condition… Karam, delivering an unusually accomplished effort as a first-time director, expertly ratchets up the tension from the very beginning. The film’s technical aspects contribute greatly to the overall sense of unease, from Lol Crawley’s cinematography, which often features intense, Ingmar Bergman-style close-ups to Nico Muhly’s unsettling musical score (abetted by similarly bracing compositions by the likes of Philip Glass) to the unnerving sound design that makes the proceedings feel as much a horror film or psychological thriller as a family drama.” — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter