In “Parkland,” Dale plays Oswald’s brother Robert, who tries to bury his brother with dignity after all that has happened.
“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.)
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.