Christopher Abbott plays an individual struggling with significant substance abuse issues in the movie James White.

Christopher Abbott plays an individual struggling with significant substance abuse issues in the movie James White.

Strong performances dominate

The Vernon Film Society is featuring James White Monday.

  • Jan. 13, 2016 5:00 a.m.

ANN DAVIS

Special to The Morning Star

The Vernon Film Society’s is featuring James White Monday.

The semi-autobiographical script by director Josh Mond grew from his attempts to deal with his feelings about the death of his mother from cancer.

The film shows the highly intelligent James living on his mother’s couch as he leads a lifestyle of drunkenness and substance abuse, alienating everyone around him.

It is not until his mother’s health declines that he starts to face the heartbreaking reality that he can no longer run away from.

Stunning performances from Christopher Abbott as James (A Most Violent Year and TV’s Girls) and Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) as his mother add to the strength of the movie.

It has been nominated for and won numerous awards internationally.

James White is the product of a bold and uncompromising vision, one that establishes Mond as one of the most exciting new directors in American cinema.

Rolling Stone stated, “Some movies are so good and true and tough to the core they should just sneak up on you. James White is one of them.”

The movie will be shown at the Towne Theatre at 5.15 and 7.45 p.m. Monday. Tickets $7 (cash) are available at the Bean Scene and the theatre. The film is rated 14A for coarse language, drug use and sexual content.