The ‘Causeway’ Trailer Showcases Quiet, Stirring Performances By Jennifer Lawrence And Brian Tyree Henry

It makes sense that they have to put out a trailer, but Apple TV+ could have just said Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry are in a movie together, and that would have been all the sales pitch that Causeway needed. Since they have a trailer anyway, it showcases two quiet, stirring performances between the two powerhouses, working their way through difficult pasts that have kept them both from their ideal futures.

According to the official synopsis, Lawrence places “a military engineer who has returned to the States from Afghanistan with a debilitating brain injury after an IED explosion. It’s a painful and slow recovery as she relearns to walk and re-trains her memory, aided by a chatty but tender caretaker (Jayne Houdyshell). But when she returns home to New Orleans she has to face memories even more aching and formative than those she had in service: a reckoning with her childhood. Staying with her mother (Linda Emond), with whom she shares a tense relationship, all Lynsey wants to do is return to her work as an engineer. Her doctor (Stephen McKinley Henderson) is wary, and so in the meantime, she gets a job cleaning pools. When her truck breaks down she meets James Aucoin (Brian Tyree Henry), who works at the auto repair shop and offers her a ride home. Slowly they start to rely on each other for company and solace. James, it turns out, is also suppressing his own past trauma. These two damaged souls’ budding friendship forms the center and the heart of Neugebauer’s debut feature—a quiet but devastating, and ultimately uplifting, story about coming to terms and moving forward.”

Clearly, it’s not high concept. Probably not a single McGuffin in sight.

Causeway is the feature film debut of Lila Neugebauer, who directed episodes of Room 104 and The Sex Lives of College Girls. Well-received by critics, it hits Apple TV+ November 4th.