'What They Had': New clip features Hilary Swank and Robert Forster ahead of release

As the matriarch of the family is consumed by Alzheimer's in a desolate, wintery Chicago setting, Elizabeth Chomko does well to season it with moments of lightness and sympathy


                            'What They Had': New clip features Hilary Swank and Robert Forster ahead of release

Love that lasts a lifetime is something you have to work at every day. From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, 'What They Had' centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

Amid superheroes and fantastical landscapes, family continues to draw our sights to the big screen. Mirroring our imperfections and yet restoring our faith in humanity, these films continue to develop the genre. Chomko adds to it with 'What They Had" and renders a screenplay that won a Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As the matriarch of the family is consumed by Alzheimer's in a seemingly desolate, wintery Chicago setting, Chomko does well to season it with moments of light-heartedness and sympathy, central to family settings. The ever brilliant, two-time Oscar-winning Swank is cast into a sibling dynamic that is real, yet full of emotion and rich with character.

Watch Swank and Forster in a poignant and funny new clip from the drama below:

Shannon and Forster compliment and add to this dynamism and richness. Reports also noted Taissa Farmiga's preformance as Emma Ertz. 

According to the Toronto International Film Festival: "For anyone who has lived, loved, suffered, and grown among family, 'What They Had' offers many rewards." 

'What They Had' saw its world premiere at Sundance on January 21, and will now be released by Bleecker Street beginning October 19 in select theaters.