‘Foxcatcher’ question family, power

November 13, 2014 9:01 AM

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‘Foxcatcher’ question family, power

Perhaps the most haunting element of Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is the psychology behind the characters. Unlike many contemporary films that seem to focus a great deal on plot construction, “Foxcatcher” takes its time reaching the finish line through an ongoing character study. This intense focus on exploring characters’ heads, done through close-ups of their seemingly trivial actions, conjure images of films such as Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” where character psychology takes center-stage.

Based on a true story, “Foxcatcher” begins by introducing Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) as brothers and wrestlers, the latter being the older sibling and coach of the former. Despite Mark winning an Olympic gold medal, his brother constantly overshadows his talent. Because o...

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