Film

On the wagon

OUT NOW! James Ponsoldt's SMASHED provides a quiet yet beautiful and honest perspective on alcoholism.

Winner of the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing, Ponsoldt’s second feature looks quietly at the implications of alcoholism on a young couple’s marriage, merging humour and empathy with a sense of deep regret as schoolteacher Kate’s (Winstead) decision to go clean has a knock-on effect on those around her. Ponsoldt discretely keeps melodrama at bay whilst a largely handheld camera captures states of imbalance.

Smashed | Directed by James Ponsoldt (USA 2012) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman. Starts May 9