Hateship Loveship, based on a short story by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro, features comedy-vet Kristen Wiig in her first dramatic role as Johanna, a profoundly shy, shabby housekeeper hired to care for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries hidden wounds from the death of her mother years before, while her father (Guy Pearce) is a hapless recovering drug addict with an undeniable ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha fosters a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father through a series of forged emails, never dreaming of the potential harm. However, Johanna is not a demure wallflower, but rather a woman for whom the phrase “still waters run deep” could have been coined, and the young girl’s cruel prank provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own. An emotionally resonant and compelling drama filled with nuanced performances, Hateship Loveship also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christine Lahti and Nick Nolte. (Dir. by Liza Johnson, 2013, USA, 104 mins., Rated R, IFC Films) Digital
Mark Jude Poirier is the author of the novels Goats and Modern Ranch Living, as well as the short story collections Naked Pueblo and Unsung Heroes of American Industry. His books have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Barnes & Noble Discover and Waterstone’s UK editor picks. His stories have appeared in many publications, including BOMB, Tin House, The American Scholar, Conjunctions, and Canteen. He has also written the screenplays for Smart People, starring Dennis Quaid, Goats, starring David Duchovny, and Hateship Loveship, starring Kristen Wiig. He is originally from Tucson, and currently serves as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English at Harvard University, where he teaches screenwriting.