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The Road Within (2014)

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A young man with Tourette's Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother's ashes.

Director:

Gren Wells

Writers:

Florian David Fitz (based on an original screenplay by), Gren Wells
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Credited cast:
Zoë Kravitz ... Marie
Robert Patrick ... Robert
Robert Sheehan ... Vincent
Dev Patel ... Alex
Kyra Sedgwick ... Dr. Mia Rose
Ali Hillis ... Monica
Matt Riedy ... Cop
Joe Unger
Cooper Roth ... Boy
Eric Matheny ... Matt
Bradley Gallo ... Patient
Ross Gallo ... Therapist
Jayce Dempsey Jayce Dempsey ... Kid #1
Alejandro Romero Alejandro Romero ... Subway Kid
Yanna Fabian ... Nurse
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The Road Within is about Vincent, a young man suffering from Tourette Syndrome. His mother dies so his estranged father, Robert, is forced to step in. However, Robert's running for political office and doesn't want his son on the campaign trail - so Robert puts Vincent in a clinic that's run by the unconventional Dr. Mia Rose. Once there, Vincent falls in love with an anorexic woman named Marie. Together, they steal Dr. Rose's car, and end up having to kidnap his OCD roommate, Alex, when he threatens to tell on them. With Robert and Dr. Rose in hot pursuit, Vincent, Marie and Alex go on a life changing road trip to deliver the ashes of his mother to the ocean. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 2015 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrada Interior See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Sheehan had the help of Jackson Kramer, the spokesperson for the Tourettes Society of America, preparing for the role. See more »

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When Marie and Robert kidnap Alex the full crew can be seen in the reflection of the glass windows and doors. See more »

Quotes

Alex: [throws the doctor's car keys on the lake] Next time, don't give me a roommate.
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Remake of Vincent will Meer (2010) See more »

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Written by Kieran Shudall
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Courtesy of Prolifica Management
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A very touching and well made movie, especially for outsiders and misfits!
24 June 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE ROAD WITHIN': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A remake of the 2010 German drama flick 'VINCENT WANTS TO SEA'; about a teen with Tourette Syndrome, who befriends two other patients (one with OCD and one with anorexia) at the behavioral facility his dad enrolls him in. They steal their doctor's car and embark on a road trip together, to the coast. The film was written and directed by Gren Wells (in her directorial debut) and it stars Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz, Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick. I enjoyed it immensely.

Vincent (Sheehan) is a teenager, that's suffered from Tourette's disorder; most of his life. His mother, who he was very close to, recently passed away; and his father (Patrick), who he's long resented, wants to enroll him in a special clinic. Once there, he's roomed with Alex (Patel); a young British man, with obsessive compulsive disorder. Alex is furious that he has to share his room with another person, and he immediately takes a disliking to Vincent. Vincent also meets Marie (Kravitz), at the facility, who he's immediately attracted to. Marie has a severe eating disorder, and pretty much won't eat anything. After Marie and Vincent get into trouble, with their doctor (Sedgwick), they decide to steal her car and head to the coast; so Vincent can spread his mother's ashes there. When Alex catches them in the act, they kidnap him and take him along with them.

The movie is equally funny and emotional. It's not overly heartbreaking though; as it has a lot of optimism, and a great deal of compassion (for it's characters). What I really love about the film, though, are the performances; Sheehan, Patel and Kravitz are all amazing in it (and Patrick and Sedgwick aren't bad either). I found the three lead characters to be all very likable, and relatable too, despite their flaws. It's a very touching and well made movie, especially for outsiders and misfits (like most great films are).

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