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In the late 1980s eccentric billionaire John Du Pont invested thousands of dollars setting up the Foxcatcher wrestling team on his sprawling country estate. Central to his hopes of winning Olympic gold was Mark Schultz, a former medal winner living in near poverty until his invitation to live and train with Du Pont. This claustrophobic psychological drama focuses on the relationship between the two men. Playing against type, Steve Carell unnerves as the increasingly unhinged Du Pont, manipulating the vulnerable sportsman even as his own grip on reality slips. A brooding slow-burner, Foxcatcher is an unsettling study of ambition, wealth and isolation.
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