If you’ve ever wondered what it might feel like to take a bulldozer to your life, ask Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s a subject matter the Academy Award nominee explores both literally and figuratively in his new film Demolition, the latest offering from critics’-darling French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée. Penned by first-time screenwriter Bryan Sipe, the feature also stars Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts, and newcomer Judah Lewis, and we caught up with the filmmakers for an insider’s perspective on the nearly decade-long production, the art of bringing levity to grief, and just what makes Gyllenhaal the de facto leading man for French-Canadian auteurs. There are also bulldozers and Heart sing-alongs.
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