Run & Jump (2014)

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A headstrong Irish housewife finds her life transforming in ways she never thought possible after her husband suffers a life-altering stroke, and an American doctor arrives to chronicle the family's recovery process in this intimate drama from director Steph Green (whose short film New Boy was nominated for an Oscar in 2007). In the wake of her husband's stroke, loving wife and mother Vanetia (Maxine Peake) gradually comes to realize that her household will never be the same again. Much to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Gregory Foster, Ailbhe Keogan, Steph Green, Alibhe Keogan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2014
Box Office: $8.2k
Runtime:
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Cast


as Vanetia Casey

as Dr. Ted Fielding

as Conor Casey

as Simon

as Old Man

as Coach Gary
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Critic Reviews for Run & Jump

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

Writer-director Steph Green develops it so patiently and notes its emotional dislocations so carefully that it never descends into cliche.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Insightful and often touching ...

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Seattle Times
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"Run & Jump" pretty much paints itself into a corner, but it has a nice time getting there.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Detroit News
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It's sensitive and winsome, like a modestly budgeted independent film should be.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
New York Observer
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"Run & Jump" is surprisingly alive, full of jolts and unexpected bursts of humor and earned emotion.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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This bears much promise as to what could achieved from this talented filmmaker in the future.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Run & Jump

An American neurologist bunks with an Irish family to study the eccentric behavior of the brain-damaged father who's recovering from a stroke; naturally, his objectivity erodes as he becomes emotionally involved with the wife and children. Mature drama that would have benefited from brisker pacing.

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Greg S

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½

"Run & Jump" starts with Vanetia(Maxine Peake) bringing her husband Conor(Edward MacLiam), a woodworker, home from the hospital after a stroke left him in a coma for a month and in the hospital for four more. Needing money, she lets Ted(Will Forte), a neuroscientist, into the home, not to aid with Conor's recovery which has gone as far as it can but to observe for a paper he is writing, displacing Lenny(Brendan Morris) who is being bullied from his room.

"Run & Jump" is an offbeat and engaging look at the adjustments a family makes after an unthinkable tragedy, proving that there is no such thing as an impartial or invisible observer. Of particular interest is the way the movie does not offer up any easy solutions or magic bullets. As unpredictable as the movie can be while set in rural Ireland which can be simultaneously comforting and provincial, there are maybe certain story elements that I should have seen coming but didn't. Some of that comes down to the high level of performances, especially a vibrant Maxine Peake as the music-loving lynchpin of the family and Will Forte knowing enough again to keep out of the way.

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Walter M.

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It defies convention at every turn, but it's deliberate pace keeps it from being something fantastic. I loved its observations about love, loss, and relationships, but I had a hard time really getting into this film.

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