By David Rather
There is a family in every neighborhood that is cooler and smarter than the rest of us and better at everything.
Around us, it was Loechlers. Tom was the chief: tall, handsome, smart, and incredibly athletic. He played for two football teams at the University of Minnesota that competed for a national championship in the early 1960s. I played youth hockey with his younger brother Mark or Dugar, we all knew him. And of course one hockey player was Dugar. And what a great nickname. I once asked him where it came from, and he said he didn’t know-his brothers just called him that, and the name stuck. (On a side note, the nickname around me was Rope, and I still don’t know why. People started telling me this, and it stuck. Imagine.)
However, Loechler was good at everything, but cool about it in the sense that they don’t think it makes them better than you.
I offer the film Loechlers: The Gyllenhaals for your consideration. These include father Stephen Gillenhall, a famous director, Naomi Acheson Foner Gillenhall, mother and an award-winning screenwriter, actor Jack Gillenhall, and finally, his sister, actress and screenwriter Maggie Gillenhall.
The Gyllenhaal tribe is an old Swedish family that was a minor aristocracy in their homeland. The family name was created in 1652 when Queen Christiana (the subject of a few movies herself) conferred the title on Nils Gunison Hall, a cavalry officer in the Swedish army. He has created a new name for her: Gilenhall. Swedish is part of my family tradition, and they left Sweden at the same time as Gilenhals. If you’ve ever seen The Conqueror (1987), you also left Sweden at that time. Things were not going well in those days. The word “sad, poverty” comes to mind. This was long before Sweden became the land of expensive volvos and locks of fancy crackers.
Let’s take a look at the Swedish discussion for a moment and go back to the family, starting with the mother of the clan. Naomi Achs Foner Gyllenhaal was born into a Jewish family in Brooklyn and earned a BA degree in English from Bernard before pursuing an MA in Developmental Psychology from Colombia. After an 11-year marriage to American historian Eric Foner, which ended in 1976, Naomi married Stephen Gillenhall. He then went on to become a very prominent screenwriter, writing scripts for films such as Running on Empty. (1988), which earned him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Naomi also collaborated with her husband Stephen on the 1995 film Losing Isaiah, which she directed.. In 2005, he adopted the novel Bee Season For the screen, starring Richard Gerry. Naomi and Stephen divorced in 2009 after 33 years of marriage.
Stephen Gillenhall Has made a career in directing for television – including several films made for television – many of which have deep touches on family drama. Stephen is also a poet and has been published in many literary magazines. She remarried in 2011 to renowned documentary filmmaker Kathleen Mann, a permanent professor at Vasar.
Jake Gyllenhaal Gyllenhaals certainly has the most conventional career — she is a legitimate Big Time movie star. She first gained attention through her lead role in the cult cult Donnie Darko (2001), which also featured her sister Maggie. In 2004, he appeared in the Climate Change Disaster Movie, The Day After Tomorrow, and in 2005 Groundbreaking Brokeback Mountain.. Since then his role has been consistently interesting and often unexpected.
Maggie Gilenhal Gyllenhaals can be the most successful of all, if you can imagine it. He has appeared in 37 films so far and has done some remarkable performances along the way. 2002 Maggie’s lead role in the erotic comedy Secretary Early in his career he was identified as a major talent. She won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mother in the Jeff Bridges Country Music Saga Crazy Heart (2009). Maggie works in the theater regularly and recently won the Best Screenplay award from the Venice Film Festival for The Lost Daughter (2021).. She married actor Peter Sarsgaard in 2009 and they have two children.
So much so, that this family is truly a force to be reckoned with. Here are some Gyllenhaal-themed movies that I especially enjoy and strongly recommend you add to your list.