Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach returns for it Netflix before Oscars season with White Noise, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name.

Adam Driver, who starred alongside Baumbach in Marriage Story, and Little Women director Greta Gerwig, Baumbach’s longtime collaborator and wife, star in the part family drama, disaster film phase together with Black Monday’s Don Cheadle. The film created quite a buzz when it opened this year’s Venice film festival.

White Noise Release Date

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The film premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2022. It will screen in select cinemas on November 25 before landing on Netflix on December 30th. White Noise was also currently shown as part of the London BFI Film Festival programme.

White Noise currently has over 85% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. The theatrical release ahead of its streaming debut ensures that White Noise is eligible to compete at this year’s Oscars.

Plot Details

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The film, like the novel, focuses on the massive cheese academic Jack Gladney, who teaches Hitler studies, and his family. Both he and his pill-popping spouse Babbette are in their fourth marriages and have a bevy of teenagers from previous relationships, fittingly as one of them.

While the film at first appears to be a domestic drama, things quickly take a dark turn with a ‘Toxic Airborne Event’ affecting their Midwestern community, leading them to evacuate to get away from the chemical effect.

Cast Member

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Adam Driver leads the cast as Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies, while Greta Gerwig plays the spouse Babbette. Don Cheadle plays Gladney’s colleague, Murray Siskind.

The Gladneys have four kids, three of them from previous marriages. Babette’s teenagers from a previous marriage are played with the help of Raffey Cassidy (Denise) and May Nivola (Steffie), while Heinrich (played by Sam Nivola) is Jack’s son, additionally from a previous marriage.

In addition, the pair have a young child. Rounding off the solid is Queen.