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The carpet was abuzz over Jennifer Garner’s turn as Sandy Mason at the premiere of her latest film, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, on Friday night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
Jennifer’s role is one of a mother who becomes emotionally unhinged after relocating to the idyllic setting of Palos Verdes, California.
“She was a revelation,” screenwriter Karen Croner told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet. “She brought her game. She dug deep. She did genius improvisations, I was astonished.”
Garner was brought on to the film by producer Robbie Brenner, who worked with her on Dallas Buyers Club. Brenner had been trying to make The Tribes of Palos Verdes for five years at that point and thought Garner would be perfect for the role.
“She’s such a courageous, special, amazing person, and in all of her sweetness and her veneer and her beauty, she just has so much going on. I thought she could really bring so much life to Sandy, and she did,” Brenner echoed of Garner’s leading role in the film based on the book by the same name.
Shot in only 22 days, the film was directed by brothers Brendan and Emmett Malloy, who grew up in Hollywood and drew on their personal lives in making the film.
In order to accurately tell the story from a young female perspective, Brendan even turned to his daughter for input. He noted, “We were great listeners [and] made something with a powerful female lead.”
The Tribes of Palos Verdes is set for limited theatrical release on Dec. 1.
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