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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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Mom
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Earl Hurley
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Al Casey
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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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Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky were initially unsure about casting Stephen Dorff as Emile Hirsch's brother until Dorff asked to do a test alongside Hirsch. Dorff was always convinced that he would be perfect for the part, having met Hirsch at a party a few years before and telling him that they would play brothers one day. See more »

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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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Features Bonanza: Dark Star (1960) See more »

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Drifting Apart
Written by Marty Stuart
Performed by Marty Stuart
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company
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Disturbing yet captivating story
9 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Directors Alan & Gabe Polsky have offered up for us (the viewers) a tragic soap opera type story that really works from start to finish. What I mean by 'really works' is that this movie tells a sad and dark story very well.

The brothers Frank & Jerry Lee are forced, by circumstance, to face life alone at a dangerously young age. Their survival depends on the two of them always being together and in doing so an unbreakable emotional bond develops between them. Having to face growing up alone in this world the influences and direction in their lives are not too wise and they do not always make the right decision. Thus the two hit the road the evade being implicated in a hit and run accident. They are not criminals and they have feeling of guilt. Frank suffers a disability (leg amputation) and is both physically and emotionally dependent on Jerry. Jerry is devoted to Frank and drinks too much booze.

This sad and dark mix make for a disturbing yet captivating story that will keep you interested. Alan & Gabe Polsky show us the human vulnerable and needy side of Frank & Jerry and not a angry and hateful side of these two characters. And I believe that is what makes this movie 'cinema art'.


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