What They Had


Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:101 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Elizabeth Chomko
Cast:Hilary Swank
Michael Shannon
Robert Forster
Blythe Danner


“What They Had” features an award-winning all-star cast, including Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank, Oscar-nominees Michael Shannon and Robert Forster and Emmy Award-winner Blythe Danner.

“What They Had” centers on a family in crisis. Bridget returns home to Chicago at her brother’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together.

Bridget (Hilary Swank), a California chef, is called home to Chicago when her ailing mother Ruth (Blythe Danner) disappears in the middle of a blizzard. With her rebellious daughter Emma (Taissa Farmiga) in tow, Bridget arrives to find Ruth safe, but increasingly confused and disoriented.

Ruth’s latest excursion is the last straw for her son Nicky (Michael Shannon), who believes she needs to be in a “memory care” facility, but her husband Bert (Robert Forster) insists that her place is with him at home in the life they have made together.

Bridget struggles with her own troubled marriage, her complicated relationship with Emma and her guilt about having left her family in Chicago. As Nicky pushes her to put Ruth in a nursing home and Bert grows angry with her interference, Bridget searches for a solution that will make everyone happy.

Then, the family faces one more unexpected crisis that forces her into an impossible position.

A poignant look at a heart-wrenching and familial dilemma, “What They Had” is the first feature film from writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, winner of the prestigious 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship for screenwriting.

“An awards-worthy cast. One of Hilary Swank’s best roles.” — Variety

“Heartbreaking and funny.” — New York Magazine