Jennifer Lawrence ends her movie hiatus with ‘Causeway’

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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence plays a soldier struggling with PTSD and past trauma in ‘Pavement’an indie drama that also marks the Hollywood star’s debut as a producer.

The film sees Lawrence’s character, Lynsey, return from Afghanistan with a debilitating brain injury sustained in an attack. Reluctantly returning to her hometown and to her mother to recuperate, she befriends a local auto mechanic (played by Brian Tyree Henry) and finds solace and healing in this unlikely friendship.

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Directed by Lila Neugebauer, the film was shot before the COVID-19 pandemic and ended Lawrence’s brief hiatus.

“I love Marvel movies or superhero movies as much as the next person, but there was just something so refreshing about it. I just haven’t seen anything like this really since ‘Winter’s Bone’she said, referring to the 2010 film that earned Lawrence her first Oscar nomination.

“So I said to myself emphatically that I really, really wanted to do this. I didn’t know when because I was still, you know, on a break. And then after having dinner with Lila, I just knew that she was the nobody, and then we were shooting three months later,” Lawrence told Reuters at the film’s premiere at the London Film Festival on Saturday.

The pandemic allowed the film crew to polish and sit down with the film. Like her character, Lawrence, who became a mother earlier this year, said she had undergone a transformation.

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“I started the movie when I was engaged. I came back married and pregnant. And, you know, I personally had such a different perception of staying, from home,” Lawrence said, adding that she was “absolutely” eager to produce more films in the future.

‘Pavement’ begins streaming on Apple TV+ on November 4.

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