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“He was the American everyman,” Landesman said. “You know, he has two kids, he has a dog, he has a wife. He has a split-level house. He goes to a brick company where he’s an accountant, a paper pusher. I mean, the guy is a C student in life if there ever was one. And then, suddenly, he realizes his brother’s the devil. And so what happened to him, happened to us.”
The film doesn’t indulge theories of a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. To Landesman, his film is about something else.
When it ends, with a blurred fade at a funeral for a reviled man, it’s about death and the living who are left behind. It’s a story that was there all along but is just now being told in such a way.
“Parkland” opens Friday at the West End Theater (2301 M St. NW), the Angelika Film Center Mosaic (2911 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.) and Bow Tie Reston Town Center (11940 Market St., Reston, Va.)