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The Motel Life (2012)

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A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

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Young Frank
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Frank
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Mom
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Tommy
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Earl Hurley
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Two brothers who are forced to leave 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 set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Written by Polsky Films

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They will do anything to find the truth


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Rated R for sexual content, language, some nudity, brief violent images, and drug references | See all certifications »

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A Vida em Motéis  »

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The first American film for Russian cinematographer Roman Vasyanov. See more »

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[first lines]
Jerry Lee 16 years: Can you tell me a story, Frankie? Tell me something good. Make me the hero. Maybe I can get the girl.
Frank - 14: I got one. A long time ago, you and me were fighter pilots in the war. The Flannigan brothers. We were famous. One morning we were heading over to Germany when we got ambushed. You and me versus 20 German fighters. It was a mess. Real dog fight. It was touch-and-go, but we were winning until a Nazi came out of the fog and started firing away at you. Luckily I came down and blew the...
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A Thousand Miles
Written by Brandy St. John
Performed by The Long Wives
Courtesy of Renee Marie Records
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Stephen Dorff's and Emile Hirsch's Best
6 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a tough film. It's gritty and it feels nostalgic as you watch the scenery in the film, as it feels we have all traveled to places like this before. It's a film about the sadness that harnesses it's energy upon us and sometimes, we can never quite shake it. Or perhaps we can shake it.

Raw performances by Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, their best performances to date, in my opinion. If the film could have lobbied it's actors maybe even an academy award nomination would have been in it's midst for Dorff or Hirsch.

A fine made film about who we are, what we lose and what we try to get back. Sad in all it's humility.


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