This independent film boasts a heavy cast including The Gates’ Rhona Mitra. Mitra plays Bernice (listed as “Andie” on IMDB), the oldest of the children. She’s an eco-warrior of the “animals are way more important than people so lets save the planet” ilk. It’s a part fitting for Mitra who, while being far more level-headed than her extremist character, does a great deal of eco work herself.
The comically enchanting Timothy Spall of Harry Potter and Sweeney Todd, plays Bernice’s father, Lenny Rubins. It’s Lenny’s task to rustle up his children and bring them together for his mother, played by Honor Blackman. Lenny must travel to Africa to find his daughter and a Buddhist commune to find his son Charlie (who now prefers to be known by his commune name “Clarity”) played by Asier Newman. Also on his list are his son Danny, the yuppie executive who doesn’t have time for his own son, played by Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis, and his youngest son, and Rabbi, Jonathan aka “Rabbi Yona” played by Hugh O’Conor.
Based on the trailer, Reuniting the Rubins has the same comedic feel as Death at a Funeral. I should preface that by saying the British (first) version of the film, not the American remake. The comedic timing is exceptionally sharp and the characters are quirky but believable. Couple that with an interesting and relatable storyline and you’re sure to have a hit. Reuniting the Rubins has already been selected for the Breakthrough strand of the 2010 London UK Film Focus!
There’s no release date yet. At least not according to Factor Films’ site or IMDB, but we’ve got our fingers crossed both that it will come soon and that we’ll be able to see the film here in the U.S.! We will be sure to pass along any information regarding release dates as soon as it becomes available.
Check out the trailer for Reuniting the Rubins here!