In 2010, Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the screen with his powerful and haunting performance in the dark indie drama winter bone. She has since become one of the youngest women to win the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbookwhile being the face of not one but two franchises with x-men and The hunger Games. For a few years, however, his performances have been largely ignored, but change seems imminent with the arrival of his new film, Pavement. Entering a new phase in her career as an actress and producer with her production company Excellent Cadaver, Lawrence is entering the awards conversation big time. Telling the story of a veteran’s return and the trauma she suffered, Pavement looks like it could be a powerful story that will win over audiences everywhere.
Alongside Lawrence is Brian Tyree Henry like James. Henry’s biggest mark on pop culture so far is his acclaimed role as Paper Boi on Donald Gloverthe hit show Atlanta but he also made a name for himself in the cinema with films like Joker, If Beale Street Could Talkand Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as well. Other cast members include Linda Emond like Gloria and Stephen McKinleyHenderson as Dr. Lucas. Pavement is led by Lila Neugebauer. Although this is Neugebauer’s feature debut, she is far from a novice. Theatergoers will recognize her as one of the most prolific directors of her generation, having staged several off-Broadway plays and made her Broadway debut with the often underrated Kenneth Lonergan to play The Waverly Gallery. The production won the Tony Award for Best Revival and Best Actress for Veteran Comedian Elaine May. Since then, Neugebauer has moved on to television, directing episodes of critically acclaimed television series like Housemaid and The sex life of college girls.
Here is the official synopsis of Pavement:
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Lynsey, a soldier struggling to adjust to home in New Orleans following a traumatic injury. When she meets local mechanic James, the pair begin to forge an unexpected bond.
For anyone who can’t wait to see this intimate drama, here’s everything we know about how, when and where you can watch this new award contender.
Is Causeway coming to theaters?
Pavement previously premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2022 and will be released in US theaters by A24 on November 4, 2022.
Will Causeway be available to stream the same day as theaters?
Since Pavement is a co-production between A24 and Apple TV+, the film will be released on Apple TV+ the same day as its theatrical release. The film is an Apple Original, so you won’t be able to stream it elsewhere. If you don’t have an Apple TV+ subscription, the service offers plans starting at $6.99/month, with a 7-day free trial.
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A full length trailer for Pavement was released on October 6, 2022. The trailer opens with Lawrence nervous and seemingly alone on a bench. The camera cuts to James (Brian Tyree Henry), who cuts the tension with two simple words: “Are you okay?” The trailer intercuts several images of Lawrence as Lynsey alone in her house, her car, and in the city. The people in her life seem to be at their wit’s end as she endures endless medical examinations. James seems to be the only one who can comfort her from the loneliness she feels in her own hometown. Yet Lynsey’s war isn’t over yet as she battles her own loneliness and spirit. The final image shows Lynsey jumping out and emerging from underwater into her swimming pool and gasping for air. Will she be able to free herself from her troubles in the same way?
More movies like Causeway you can watch now
While you wait for your local theater to screen this contemporary independent play, check out these three other films that explore the hardships and personal turmoil that come with returning to war.
The deer hunter: This 1970s classic, winner of the Best Picture award, brought to light the horrors of the Vietnam War. Michael Ciminoit is The deer hunter begins in a steelworker community in western Pennsylvania. Friends Mike, Steven and Nick are thrilled with Steven’s upcoming wedding, as well as their enlistment in the Vietnam War. However, the horrors they find once they are taken as prisoners of war will make them completely different men when and if they return home. Featuring robert deniro, Christopher Walkenand Meryl Streep in one of his first film roles, The deer hunter does not tiptoe around the question and changed the American perception of war and torture.
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muddy: A more recent film sadly snubbed in major categories at the Oscars, muddy explores the racial implications of a returning soldier. Set in rural Mississippi after World War II, the film follows the friendship between Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund), a white soldier, and Ronsell Jackson (Jason Mitchell), a black soldier, as they return to their hometown and confide in each other about their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the dangerous consequences of their own closeness. With a breakout performance by the decorated singer Mary J. Blige as Ronsell’s mother, it’s as likable and historically compelling a film as you can see.
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Brothers: Based on the Danish film of the same name by Susanna Bierirish director Jim Sheridan sets up a web of lies and desire powerful enough to tear a family apart in Brothers. The film follows Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a presumed dead POW who returns home to find his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) took his place as father to his children and partner to his wife Grace (Natalie Portman). Inspired by the classic tale of ancient Greece, The Odyssey, Brothers is an intimate family drama that contains a tragedy of epic proportions.
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