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Writer/Director Matt Ross Examines His Own Life as a Parent to Make ‘Captain Fantastic’

Matt Ross’s film Captain Fantastic is about a father (Viggo Mortensen) raising his six kids in isolation off the grid. When their mother dies, the family is confronted with interacting with the rest of the world in order to attend her funeral, thereby revaluating their choices and lives.

Ross recently spoke to NPR’s Fresh Air about the film, which was inspired by his childhood growing up in communes, and his own life as a parent now. 

“At some point, I was thinking a great deal about what my values are, what I wanted to pass to my children,” says Ross. “I had a lot of questions about what I wanted to pass on to my children. And I put them into the form of a narrative really asking those questions.”

Listen below or read the full transcript here.