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Sunday, April 17, 2016

THE FAMILY FANG

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selection

By D.E.Levine

Evidently faltering actress Annie Fang (Nicole Kidman) and stalled author Baxter (Jason Bateman) had an unusual upbringing.

The children of performance artists, they routinely participated in their parents performance art pieces such as a stage bank robbery with guns, fake blood and bystanders who think it's real.

Daddy Caleb Fang (Christopher Walken) is a charmer who uses his children to prop up his shaky identity as an artist.  With his wife Camille (MaryAnn Plunkett), the Fangs consistently place art ahead of their children.

Annie and Baxter come together as adults when their parents go missing.  Annie thinks it's a publicity act because their parent's careers have faltered since the children left the act.  Baxter wants to believe that even their unorthodox parents wouldn't be cruel enough to try to convince their children and the world that they are dead.

While this is a comedy, there are disturbing undercurrents that surface as Annie and Baxter play detective in a case involving their own lives.