The Motel Life
Directed by Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky
This award-winning festival hit stars Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as two brothers who are forced to flee Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this moody thriller is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood and the power of storytelling set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier.
This award-winning festival hit stars Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as two brothers who are forced to flee Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Dayton Callie, Garret Backstrom, Andrew Lee, Doc Divecchio, Nancy Youngblut
The Motel Life is a well written film. All aspects of production are top notch. The drawing/animation element adds a unique layer to this dark and sad story; as in, it draws the viewer into a deeper level of emotion. Moreover, the acting by all involved is excellent.
I didn't think I could make it through to the final scenes because it was so hard a life, all the way I felt endeared to the boys, and I didn't want to see them go down in flames. The stories within the story, the drawings and the love, all made it tough love with a silver and gold lining. By the last quarter I was a total believer. I wanted it all to work out somehow, without the obvious aiding and abetting that spelled doom from the law. It was a jewel of a film. At some point the triumph of the fantasies won my heart. I guess I am feeling a big reward for sticking through the pain. I will want to watch it again.
really didn't like it. very slow. did appreciate the animated story bits, however I can't recommend this film.
Totally absorbing, and totally Reno! The acting was superb and thought provoking.
Despite the odds, an unusualy satisfying film.