Jennifer Lawrence returns to her indie roots with Causeway

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence plays a soldier struggling with PTSD and past trauma in Causeway, an indie drama that also marks the Hollywood star’s debut as a producer.

The film follows Lawrence’s character, Lynsey, returning from Afghanistan with a debilitating brain injury sustained in an attack. Reluctantly, she returns to her hometown and her mother’s house to recuperate, befriends a local auto mechanic (played by Brian Tyree Henry), and finds comfort and healing in the unlikely friendship.

Directed by Lila Neugebauer, the film was shot ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic and brought an end to Jennifer Lawrence’s short acting hiatus.

“I love a Marvel or superhero movie as much as the next person, but there was just something that was so refreshing. I just haven’t seen anything like it since Winter’s Bone,” she said, referring to the 2010 film that earned Lawrence her first Oscar nomination.

“So I was really, really convinced that I really, really wanted to do this. I didn’t know when because I was still on my break. And then, after having dinner with Lila, I just knew she was the right person, and then we shot three months later,” the actor told Reuters at the film’s premiere at the London Film Festival on Saturday.

The pandemic allowed the film crew to fine tune the film and sit down. Like her character, Jennifer Lawrence, who became a mom earlier this year, said she’s been through a transformation.

“I started filming when I was engaged. I came back married and pregnant. And you know, I personally had such a different perception of staying, of staying home,” Lawrence said, adding that she’s “absolutely” intent on producing more films in the future.

Causeway begins streaming on Apple TV+ on November 4th.

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