The trailer suggests that McGregor’s Raymond is the sweet brother, playing off the more grouchy demeanor of Hawke’s Ray. I sometimes marvel a bit at McGregor’s ability to channel child-like vulnerability and distress, but once again, he manages it, despite being in his fifties.
Though there doesn’t seem to be a ton of tension between the brothers in the trailer, being asked to dig a grave for their estranged dad is a wild request and will no doubt cause conflict. It’s got to bring up some odd things, as would having a surprise little half brother. We don’t always know our parents fully, and finding out their secrets after they’re gone can cause some weird stuff to come up psychologically. There is a bittersweetness about this trailer that pulls you in, odd as the story sounds.
“Raymond and Ray” also stars Maribel Verdú as Lucia, the woman Raymond and Ray’s father was having a relationship with, as well as Sophie Okonedo, Maxim Swinton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Chris Silcox, Chris Grabher, and Oscar Nunez. Here is the official synopsis for the film:
Half brothers Raymond and Ray reunite when their estranged father dies — and discover that his final wish was for them to dig his grave. Together, they process who they’ve become as men, both because of their father and in spite of him.
“Raymond and Ray” will be released in theaters on October 14, 2022, and will begin streaming on Apple TV+ on October 21, 2022.