‘The Whale’ is coming to Philippine theaters this February – here’s what you need to know

by Dianne Curray
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A24’s psychological drama “The Whale” starring Brander Fraser in his comeback role is set to hit the Philippine theaters this February 22 thanks to TBA Studios, and here’s everything you need to know about the film!

Originally a 2012 play by Samuel D. Hunter – who is also the film’s writer – The Whale follows the story of Charlie (Brendan Fraser), a 600-pound guy with a regret-filled life and many health issues. Additionally, he is certainly aware that his unhealthy eating habits will lead to his demise and appears to accept this.

The Whale - Brendan Fraser

Photo from A24

The movie is primarily set on a sofa in a single apartment in Moscow, Idaho, a college town, and it revolves on Charlie’s attempt to reconcile with his estranged daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink).

The Whale - Sadie Sink

Photo from A24

Meanwhile, Ellie has not talked to her father in eight years as she is under full custody of her mother, Mary – until one day she shows up to Charlie’s apartment. Throughout her visits, Charlie learns that his daughter has developed into a fiercely rude and unstable 17-year-old teenager in his absence.

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Photo from A24

On the other hand, Liz (Hong Chau), is a nurse and a close friend of Charlie. They have been together since Charlie’s transgression that caused his divorce from his wife. Liz serves as Charlie’s companion and medical caregiver.

Recently, the A24 drama surpassed $10 million at the domestic box office – first premiering at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022, then being released in the US in December 2022.

Fraser’s performance in the movie received positive reviews and led to nominations for him at the BAFTAs, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards.

Matthew Libatique, a renowned Filipino-American cinematographer and a longtime Aronofsky collaborator, also contributed to the movie.

Currently, The Whale is also showing in Singapore cinemas.

Watch the official trailer here:

Are you intrigued by the story of this film? Let us know if you’re also going to the movies to see The Whale!

Featured photo by A24/Screen Rant

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