Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Friend

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 124 minutes

The Friend
The Friend
The Friend

When Nicole (Dakota Johnson) is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, her husband, Matthew (Casey Affleck), struggles to cope. Between caring for their daughters, getting Nicole to her appointments, and dealing with the emotional toll of her disease, Matthew is barely getting by. While other friends and family offer to help, the couple’s friend, Dane (Jason Segel), goes above and beyond, moving in with them for months to help with daily tasks… even at the expense of his own relationship and career. As Nicole’s cancer spreads, many friends slowly drop off, but Dane remains a constant source of support and laughter through their darkest days. A deeply moving and sympathetic reflection of real life, THE FRIEND takes viewers through the highs and lows of Matt’s and Nicole’s marriage before and after Nicole’s diagnosis—and highlights their long and loyal friendship with Dane, who selflessly supports them through the end. Based on the award-winning article the real Matthew Teague wrote for Esquire Magazine in 2016, THE FRIEND captures the complex realities of sickness, friendship, and love. — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

American Independents Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Kevin Walsh, Michael Pruss, Ryan Stowell, Teddy Schwarzman

Brad Ingelsby

Joe Anderson

Colin Patton

Principal Cast
Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Cherry Jones, Jake Owen, Gwendoline Christie

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