Oscar winner Brie Larson stars in the dysfunctional family drama “The Glass Castle”, based on the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls.
Larson steps into the role of the author as she traces her life back to her poverty-stricken upbringing by her unconventional parents, played by Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Now a successful journalist based in New York, Walls looks back at her life, including the constant upheavals brought on by her father’s inability to find steady work, thanks in part to a drinking problem.
When Walls and her siblings seek out a stable life in New York City, their parents follow them to the city, setting up a life as squatters in an abandoned building, their presence threatening to disrupt their stability as the children must come to terms with whether they want to have a relationship with them.
“The Glass Castle” marks a reunion for Larson with Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of her 2013 indie breakout hit, “Short Term 12”.
For the real-life Walls, seeing Harrelson in character as her alcoholic, but loving, father brought tears to her eyes.
“The first time that I saw Woody in makeup and in character, I started trembling and crying — and I’m not that sort of person,” the author tells People. “But the degree to which he captured my father was breathtaking. He did and said things that my father did and said that I hadn’t told him.”
While the film will bring painful reminders of her past to light, Walls hopes that others can find strength in her story.
“I hope that in seeing my story, it makes people think about what they’ve been through,” Walls says. “I think that’s the magic of storytelling. If one person is willing to be brave and tell their story, then that allows other people to be honest. I think there’s incredible value in coming to terms with your story, and I hope that the telling of my story will encourage other people to revisit their own.”
“The Glass Castle” will open in theatres on August 11.