Things that are intangible are hard to prove – sanity, love, and faith. John Madden’s PROOF tests these very issues.
PROOF is the compelling story of an enigmatic young woman haunted by her father’s past and the shadow of her own future, exploring the links between genius and madness, the tender relationships between fathers and daughters and the nature of truth and family.
On the eve of her twenty-seventh birthday, Catherine (Paltrow), a young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a mathematical genius named Robert (Hopkins), must deal not only with the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire (Davis), but also with the attentions of Hal (Gyllenhaal), a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks of Robert’s.
As Catherine confronts Hal’s affections and Claire’s overbearing plans for her life, she struggles to solve the most perplexing problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?
The screenplay is an adaptation of David Auburn’s beautifully elegant play. The intimate portrayals by this accomplished cast are delivered with emotional accuracy to capture the the realities of relationships and the tests of faith.