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The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011)

His wife in a coma, husband discovers she had an affair - he goes to confront the lover.
 Descendants is a quieter film, trying to amplify the subtleties of the luxury problems of an upper-class family in Hawaii with native forefathers. Although it has a nice story, at first I was confused by the fact that George Clooney was cast. Although he does well what he does it took me more than an hour to forget his larger-than-life persona with all the clichés that go with it. Shaylene Woodley was fantastic, had no idea she was already famous. Darn.
Once I got around that, though, I could really enjoy the film. Going through the second time, I am interested in how the different stories interweave.

Matt & Wife
Matt & Daughters
Matt & Family
Wife is in a coma


Scottie has problems at school and Matt needs to apologize


Will he/and the family sell the piece of ground? For a billion dollars? (Yes)
Wife's condition is deteriorating. Shall he switch her off?

Kai and Wife are with Elizabeth, pretending that she will be ok. Will he tell them?


Spends time with Scottie. Will he tell her? Troy comes over and in their fight Scottie runs away.
Matt DECIDES to go and get her sister Alexandra.


The get to Alex, but she is drunk in the park. They take her home.


Confrontation with Alex and Matt.


Matt is upset and tells Alex about her mom.

Alex tells him, that she was cheating on him.

Upset, Matt RUNS to Mark&Kai's house in his slippers.

Matt confronts them with the his wife's cuckoldery. He gets the man's name.


He meets Sid, Alex' 'boyfriend'.

Grandfather's not too pleased about anything.
He scolds on all of them.


Sid and Matt don't exactly hit it off, but Matt's confused.

He sees the lover's (Brian Speer) house.

Matt pretends to be a house buyer and calls Speer's office.

Scolds at his wife.

Family fight in front of Elizabeth.


Scottie has no real friends, brings a schoolmate to “proof” condition of mother.

He tells all the friends that Elizabeth will die.

He decides to go to Kauai, to confront Speer in person.
Alex will go with him → so will Scottie.
(The land they're selling is in Kauai... tadaa)

Bumps into cousin at the Kauai airport. We hear that the family is divided about selling. They go and see the land.
Speer is not in the expected hotel, but somewhere close-by in a cottage. They go wandering, looking for him on the beach...
...while Matt shares stories about Elizabeth with his kids.


Scottie seems to have loads of problems Matt never realized.


Matt and Sid sort of bond.

Matt runs into Speer while beach-jogging, follows him to his house. Speer has a wife and kids.

On the beach he purposely starts a conversation with the wife.

The owner of Speer's cottage is in Matt's family.
Ta-Daa! His wife's lover might be an important business associate.

Speer is actually part of of the business deal for selling the land locally. Speer is VERY ambitious.
Let's go and knock on Speer's door.
Alex come/not come?

He meets with Speer! Who is not amused.

Matt and Brian get to talk. He tells him that he can say goodbye to her at the house.


They break the news to Scottie, finally with some help. Matt can't do it alone.


Grandfather comes to say goodbye.
Presses Matt about the sale...

Start of the family meeting. Matt's NOT signing.
Waiting for Elizabeth to die

Julie shows up, 'forgiving' elizabeth

Matt says goodbye.
Everybody says goodbye.


Ashes into the sea.


Watch TV together.


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