“Screenwriter, producer and industry executive James Schamus moves into directing with this fine adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about an independent-minded youth chafing against 1950s rigidity. There’s a stunner of a centerpiece scene in Schamus’ exquisitely wrought film of Indignation that is quintessential Roth, the author of the source novel. Played as a thrilling match of equals between Logan Lerman in a breakout performance and playwright-actor Tracy Letts in a turn that will push his estimable reputation to greater heights, this daringly extended exchange is a dialectic pitting a secular Jewish college student, resistant to suffocating authority, against a needling faculty Dean, impressed by the young man’s presentation while deploring his content. It’s characteristic of a film that is simultaneously erudite and emotional, literary and alive, that so much talk could be so enthralling”—Hollywood Reporter. In 1951, Marcus Messner, a working class Jewish boy from Newark, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell, put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test. R. 110 Min.
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