BRATTLEBORO >> The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series, which showcases recent films which might have slipped under the radar but shouldn't have, continues this weekend with the acclaimed comedy, action and adventure "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Presented in collaboration with the Brattleboro Film Festival, screenings take place this Saturday and Sunday,at 4 p.m.
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.
"Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hoot with heart," wrote Tom Long in the Detroit News. "It's a classic reluctant camaraderie story with emotion that sways like trees in a gentle breeze between sad, bittersweet, and rambunctious adventure," wrote Neil Miller of Film School Rejects.
Off the Beaten Path continues the weekend of Sept. 3 and 4, with a reprise of "Maggie's Plan," which was the selection on Aug. 12-13, before technical difficulties forced its cancellation on Aug. 13. Audience interest was so high, the Latchis decided to bring it back.
In "Maggie's Plan," a young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore). Rafer Guzman of Newsday wrote: "Something between Shakespeare, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, a cautionary tale filled with Manhattanite wit and small moments that have the ring of truth."
For more information on Off the Beaten Path, visit theater.latchis.com.