Interview: Tom McCarthy and Alex Shaffer talk “Win Win.”

More than any other director, Tom McCarthy makes it look easy. He made his debut with The Station Agent,  an ingratiating drama about a lonely dwarf and the unlikely friends he makes. was his follow-up and like The Station Agent, it was an observantly heartfelt story about a lonely man whose life is changed by perfect strange. Win Win is McCarthy’s latest, and it’s just as successful as its predecessors, if not more. It is abtu Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), a lawyer and wrestling coach who takes unusual steps to make ends meet. Thanks to chance and Mike’s good-natured wife, he finds himself taking care of Kyle (Alex Shaffer), the grandson of a client. Drama builds as Kyle settles in Mike’s home and reveals his skill on the wrestling mat, but as with McCarthy’s  other films, the story develops organically and never hits a wrong note. With a mix of gentle humor and realistic tension, Win Win is sure to be another crowd-pleasing indie hit. I recently chatted with McCarthy and Shaffer about high school wrestling and their collaborative process.

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