Ben and Leslie, disillusioned with American life, have eschewed capitalism and technology in favour of raising their six kids in the Washington wilderness teaching survival skills and philosophy. When Leslie suddenly dies, her family tries to keep Ben from attending her funeral and exercising his wife’s final wishes. The family travels to the city to crash the funeral – the children’s first exposure to the modern life that Ben and his late wife rejected. As the kids are wooed by the more enticing aspects of modern life, and Ben defends his parenting decisions, can the family withstand the forces that threaten to tear them apart?
Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen as Ben leading a talented ensemble cast. It is one of this year’s Those Other Movies selections and is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.