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Downsizing (15)

Friday 16 February 2018 to Thursday 22 February 2018

Downsizing (15)

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  • Director Alexander Payne
  • Origin USA
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 135 minutes

Despite the miniaturist theme of Downsizing, Alexander Payne’s (Election, Nebraska, The Descendants) latest – an audacious, fantastical sci-fi comedy about a couple who shrink themselves in search of a better life, starring Matt Damon, Kristin Wiig, Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz - truly contains multitudes. 

The planet is overheating, its resources depleting, the gap between rich and poor widening. In Payne’s world, society’s solution is ‘cellular miniaturisation’, a scientific cottage industry shrinking people to Borrower size wherein they reap instant rewards: greater wealth, better housing; a more manageable, less anxiety-ridden existence.

But, of course, it’s not that simple and Paul finds himself in a microcosmic America as troubled as its host. Whimsical, witty and spry, Downsizing offers social satire, gentle romance and human drama alongside moments of pure comedy.