2019 TIFF Movie Review: HUMAN CAPITAL (USA 2019) ***

Human Capital Poster
The lives of two different families collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.


Marc Meyers


Stephen Amidon (Novel), Oren Moverman

HUMAN CAPITAL the 2019 version is based on both the 2004 Stephen Amidon novel and the Paolo Virzi’s 2013 film, so one would expect some exceptional storytelling.  Director Meyers keeps the audience on their toes with a suspenseful and dramatic retelling, that one should not complain.  

There is an intersecting timeline in the story which is a bit confusing at first till one realizes that it is what it is – i.e intersecting timeline told through 3 chapters each depicting one character’s version of the events.  The story follows  Drew, a real-estate agent who hastily invests with Quint, a powerful elite operator of an “invisible” high-risk/high-reward hedge fund; Carrie, Quint’s wife, who wants to use her family’s money to save a heritage theatre from development. A hit and run accident ties in the events.

The multi-start cast Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard, Maya Hawke and Alex Wolff each deliver excellent performances that help make the movie.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSez9W0a2Hc