Viggo Mortensen, in red, in a scene from Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic," screening in Cannes' Un Certain Regard.
Photo courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival
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In "Captain Fantastic," Viggo Mortensen plays one of the all-time great movie dads.For Cannes Film Festival audiences and the Sundance Film Festival – where it first premiered before landing in France – "Captain Fantastic" has resonated as a movie for its time: a heartfelt and comic exploration about whether our hyperdigital, cacophonous lives have strayed from important things. The film is the second feature directed by Matt Ross, a veteran actor known to many as Gavin Belson on HBO's "Silicon Valley".In "Captain Fantastic," the idyll of the family's off-the-grid existence is challenged when their mother dies. The film mostly came out of Ross's own parenting.Ross shot the Pacific Northwest half of the film in Washington, and had his cast come out two weeks early to help build the family's home.Both Ross and Mortensen are trouble by the country's direction.
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