‘Life Itself’ Filmmaker Dan Fogelman on Crafting the Perfect Tearjerker

Life Itself” dares its audience not to cry.

The multi-generational drama spans decades and continents as it tells the stories of two families in Spain and New York City who are tested and ultimately brought together by various personal tragedies.“It’s an odd moment for men at the end of the movie where nobody wants to look each other in the eye,” the film’s writer and director Dan Fogelman told Variety on the eve of “Life Itself’s” Toronto International Film Festival premiere.

“I didn’t really intend to make a movie that leaves people in tears.

I just wanted to capture the heartbreak and joy and loss families all over experience every day.”“Life Itself” has a sprawling cast of A-list actors that includes Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas, but don’t get too attached to any of their characters.


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