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The Motel Life is adapted by Alan and Gabe Polsky, from the debut novel by American writer and musician Willy Vlautin, frontman of alt-country critical darlings Richmond Fontaine. Vlautin’s songs and novels chiefly deal with the disenfranchised no-hopers on the fringes of the American dream, desperate people who make desperate choices. And so it is with The Motel Life.

The film follows the plot of the book faithfully, the story of brothers Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, played by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, respectively. Neither brother has much going for them. It’s implied that they’ve been drifters ever since their mother died and Jerry Lee lost a leg in an accident with a train. They move from motel to motel, the drab walls given some semblance of life by Jerry Lee’s drawings. The two escape their mundane struggles through Frank’s stories, where they play »

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