Director Liza Johnson on the Challenges of Adapting Alice Munro For "Hateship Loveship"

By Jessica Grose for Fast Company on October 2, 2013

In "Hateship Loveship," one of the standouts from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Kristen Wiig is a dowdy, naive Iowa caretaker who is the victim of a casually cruel trick played on her by her teenage charge (Hailee Steinfeld). The film--based on the Alice Munro short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage"--received raves from Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Variety singles out Liza Johnson’s direction, calling it “patient” and “observant,” and giving her kudos for making a relationship between Wiig and a down and out Guy Pearce that might sound silly on paper breathe with a “surprising tenderness and plausibility onscreen.”

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"Hateship Loveship"
Director: Liza Johnson
USA | 102 minutes | 14A
2:30 PM

Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) star in this smart, funny, and moving family drama based on a short story by revered Canadian author Alice Munro.

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