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Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon star in James White, a drama about James as he tries to keep it together while his mom’s cancer gets the upper hand.

Just when you thought the world didn't need another movie about a dude in his 20s "struggling" to get by, along comes James White. We watch as the bullish James (Christopher Abbott) fails spectacularly at keeping it together while his mom's (Cynthia Nixon) cancer gets the upper hand.

With an intimacy caught in tight close-ups, Abbott and Nixon hold the pared-down script and each other gently. Like grief itself, this film might knock the wind right out of you.

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