Director: 
Ethan Hawke
Featuring: 
Maya Hawke, Laura Linney, Philip Ettinger, Cooper Hoffman
Language: 
English
Production Country: 
US
Runtime
103 minutes
Rating
Not Rated
Genre
Biopic, Drama
Year
2023
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"A sublime portrait of a great writer, a movie I can’t wait to see again."—Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

"A heady mix of sex, religion, and rebellion."—Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Smart enough to lean into the contradictions of [O'Connor] and her work, but not to attempt to offer a definitive statement one way or another."—Wendy Ide, Screen International


Directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, the film invites the audience to weave in and out of celebrated Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor’s mind as she ponders the great questions of her writing: Can scandalous art still serve God? Does suffering precede all greatness? Can illness be a blessing? In 1950, Flannery (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at twenty-four years old. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life when she was a child and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a feverish exploration of belief. As she dives deeper into her craft, the lines between reality, imagination, and faith begin to blur, allowing Flannery to ultimately come to peace with her situation and heal a strained relationship with her mother.

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