The Designated Mourner
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This film adaptation of the acclaimed play by Wallace Shawn takes place in an unnamed country, where a repressive regime has come to power and begun rounding up and executing intellectuals. Jack (Mike Nichols), a journalist who aspired to a career as a novelist, sits with his wife Judy (Miranda Richardson) and her father Howard (David DeKeyser). Jack has appointed himself "the designated mourner" for the death of the life of the mind, a life he freely admits that he has given up, while Howard, a stubborn intellectual, is appalled by Jack's willingness to turn his back on his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has a way of hiding in a dark corner of your memory, and popping out when you least expect it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"With only one viewing, understanding it, and more importantly caring about it, becomes a challenge. Whether the material is worth the effort is problematic."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Shawn's play never becomes a movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Culture lovers will relish this film's rigorous examination of class warfare and the dire effects of both ivory tower intellectualism and political repression."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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