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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boss Man
Polly Flynn
Andrew Lee ...
Barry Hurley
Officer Cook
Officer Mori
Jim Gray ...
Boxing Sportscaster


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida em Motéis  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dakota Fanning's sister, Elle Fanning has also starred with the film's star, Stephen Dorff in Somewhere. See more »


[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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References Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) See more »


Written by Jack Shaindlin
Courtesy of APM music
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Visually-captivating, heartbreaking, imaginative, dream-like
24 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film was such a heartbreaking journey. Following these two brothers who seem to just drift through life together, the strength of brotherhood and the necessity of imagination and distraction in getting by in life through tragedies and struggles are themes both strongly examined throughout the film. And the animations are incredible - really bringing to life this drunken journey in an icy and isolating environment. I'll definitely be keeping my eye on the Polsky brothers to see what they create next. Definitely buying it on their site and helping them to get the word of it out there by signing up to become a TML affiliate on their site - themotellifefilm.com!

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