Film Review: Human Capital


Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer) directs this non-linear, Rashomon-style morality play based on a 2004 novel by Stephen Amidon and adapted by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, I’m Not There). Led by a stellar ensemble cast, the story weaves together the lives of three families from disparate economic classes. While a mystery surrounding a deadly hit-and-run accident does the film a slight disservice, the performances are enough to give Human Capital a look on VOD.

Meyers is the second director to bring Amidon’s novel to the big screen, the first being Italian director, Paolo Virzì in 2015. The story opens on a waiter finishing up his workday. He asks for time off to have a date night for his wife’s birthday and hops on his bike to head home. This is all the time we have with him before he is struck by an SUV and left for dead on the side of the road. This accident becomes the centerpiece of the drama that unfolds between 3 families connected by their teenagers only to see the parents clash, both directly and indirectly, over economic disparity.

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