Focus Features has launched the trailer for the poignant comedy feature ‘The Holdovers.’

Starring Paul Giamatti as a universally disliked and curmudgeonly instructor (Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.

Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them – a damaged, brainy 15-year-old troublemaker (Sessa) – and with the school’s head cook, who caters to sons of privilege and has just lost a son in Vietnam (Randolph).

All three are very different shipwrecked people who share comic misadventures during two very snowy weeks in New England and realise that none of them is beholden to their past.

Directed by Alexander Payne, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Carrie Preston, Gillian Vigman, Tate Donovan, Michael Provost, Brady Hepner and newcomer Dominic Sessa star.

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The film opens in select U.S. theatres on October 27th, followed by a wide release on November 10th.