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3.5
311 Ratings

James White

Directed by Josh Mond
United States, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

James White is a troubled twenty something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother’s battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility.

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James White Directed by Josh Mond

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best of Next! (Audience Award)

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | 2nd place: Junior Jury Award (International Competition)

2015 | Special Mention: Don Quixote Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon’s performances as James and his mother, respectively, are the reasons to see the film. They offer gestures that astonish in their familial intimacy, particularly as James paints his mother a figurative portrait of a life that will never be.
December 12, 2015
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With an intimacy caught in tight close-ups, Abbott and Nixon hold the pared-down script and each other gently. Like grief itself, this film might knock the wind right out of you.
November 27, 2015
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The character is amusingly ridiculous in the movie’s first half, but as James’ stresses intensify, James White becomes more and more gripping, and subtly devastating.
November 12, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Mr.Rager's rating of the film James White

    The movie is a very personal one for the director and for C.Nixon,both of them seeing the devastating effects of the cancer from so close.Nixon is a survivor of cancer.And this grief is seen so honestly in those fine performences of the actors. Hugs for Cudi,seein him in a movie like this is huge. He scored the music.His own music is also part of the inspiration behind the script. 8/10

  • (arc)'s rating of the film James White

    this is a film for every survivor of parent codependency. i identified with & recognized just about every main character in that film. to see the trauma loop on screen was shattering & refreshing. incredible performances, incredible film. So many stories like this yet to be told. months after seeing this, i was in a restaurant in woodstock, ny , and christopher abbott walked in! i almost fell out of my chair.

  • Sprungler's rating of the film James White

    Claustrophobic, tense and full of love, James White stands by his mother in harsh moments of their lives. But the odds are not in either of their favors, so the film becomes a darker plea for understanding than many of the dramas cinema has seen lately. Sad, beautiful and down to earth? This is the story that has them all.

  • Evan Schafer's rating of the film James White

    Already being a fan of Christopher Abbott from his role on Girls and paired with an indie flick, I knew this film would catch my attention, and it did. The character of James is a deeply complex and layered one, but it really comes down to the care of his ailing mother, supremely acted by Cynthia Nixon. Heartbreaking and pure are just two words for this work of art, and I commend director Josh Mond on his effort.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film James White

    I stood still throughout the final credits and then started shaking uncontrollably. Why isn't Nixon getting major roles every year? I always thought she was wonderful but here she just puts her fellow colleagues from the A-list to shame. Srsly, stop de JLaw/Johansson obsession and go beyond the obvious once in a while. I'm happy to see Abbott take off to bigger roles. I'll be following Mond's work closely after this.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film James White

    Not bad for a Mumblecore. It wasn't dumb, it's about a dude who's kind of a fuckup but he loves his mom who's dying of cancer. Not funny or uplifting but that's not what I watch films for anyway. Wish I had subs for the mumbly parts, tho.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film James White

    2.65. Robs us of the sour pleasures of disdainful condescension by making its poor little rich boy kind of a hero, or at least a mom-loving mensch at his marrow. Abbott, shot in almost-constant close-up, lends James' existential angst a soulfulness that roots it in something other than parental decline and demise--or else beaches it on the super-model ornamented shores of privileged emo-nihilism. Both, sure, both.

  • msmichel's rating of the film James White

    "We feel good things way up here, but we feel bad things way way way down there. And we gotta remember there's all this space in between" Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott are both excellent in this tale of a young man stagnated in life trying to provide care for his cancer stricken mother while making poor hedonistic choices. Strong scripting and interesting visual design make a nice calling card for Josh Mond.

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