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Hereditary (15) (SCENE)

It’s no secret that mother-daughter relationships can be complicated. For Annie Graham (Toni Collette) and her mother, Ellen, ‘complicated’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

After Ellen dies, Annie is ready to devote her time to her teenage son (Alex Wolff) and daughter (Milly Shapiro) so they can move forward together. But when Joan (Ann Dowd), a strange woman who claims to be a family friend, appears in their lives, Ellen’s dark secrets are brought to light.

And though Ellen might be gone, a menacing part of her has been left behind…

Wicked truths about the family begin to rise to the surface. But instead of solely being haunted by events from the past, it becomes increasingly evident that there’s much more to the Graham family’s horror story.

With each terrible revelation, it becomes clear that Alice and her children are destined to feel the consequences of their heritage, regardless of how desperately they might struggle against it.

Nightmares, it seems, are hereditary.

The feature-length debut from writer-director Ari Aster (C’est La Vie), Hereditary premiered in the Midnight section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has received critical acclaim across various indie publications.

Oscar nominee Toni Collette (Please Stand By, The Sixth Sense) stars as Alice, alongside Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and up-and-coming young actress Milly Shapiro.

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