Baskets "Family Portrait" Review - AVClub

AVClub: For his whole life, Chip has been running away. He ran away from the truth about his father’s suicide into the arms of clowning. He ran away from Bakersfield, his mother, and the drudgery of suburban life to Paris in order to master craft, but instead all he got was a loveless green card marriage. When he returned home, he’s been running away from his family’s polite indifference or, in the case of Dale, outright disdain for his passion by becoming a rodeo clown. But mostly, he’s been running away from reality his entire life because it’s much too painful to look squarely in the eye. Maybe it’s because his fate clearly doesn’t lie amongst the stars but rather behind the counter of an Arby’s.

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