“Foxcatcher” received tremendous buzz at Cannes this year. In the film, which is based on a true story Channing Tatum plays Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz, who is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility. Carrell is barely recognizable in the film.
Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller who is probably best know for “Capote” and “Moneyball.”