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The Parts You Lose (2019)

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A young boy in a small North Dakota town befriends a potentially dangerous fugitive.


Darren Lemke





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Paul ... Man
Scoot McNairy ... Ronnie
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Gail
Danny Murphy ... Wesley
David Lawrence Brown ... Mr. Chambers
Charlee Park ... Amber
Jane Wu ... Reporter
Meghan Perreault Meghan Perreault ... Teacher #1
Sarah Rabu Sarah Rabu ... Teacher #2
Coleman Dyck Coleman Dyck ... Eddie the Snot
Stephen McIntyre Stephen McIntyre ... Trucker
Kristen Harris ... Red Haired Woman
Darcy Fehr ... Mitch
Logan Creran ... Mitch's Son
Steven Ratzlaff ... Bar Owner


Wesley is a young deaf boy who is constantly bullied at school. On a cold day, Wesley finds an unconscious, bleeding man and brings him into an abandoned barn close to his home. They develop a friendly relationship as the man teaches him to stand up against bullies. However, after police forces increase in the town, Wesley discovers he may not be able to protect his new friend.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead previously worked together in the film Smashed (2012). See more »


[first lines]
Middle Schooler: Look! Here Comes The Retard Rocket!
[starts pelting snowballs at the deaf bus Wesley's on]
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Well Acted, Quiet, Thoughtful & Also Quite Familiar
8 October 2019 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

A new Aaron Paul movie 2 days before the release of "El Camino" helps the anticipation a little bit - without a shadow of a doubt he proves again that he's a great actor. This time, a great actor in an otherwise decent and potentially (depends on the viewer) emotional drama.

I can't help but feel like the story of "The Parts You Lose" feels very, very familiar, all the plot points and themes have been explored before, probably more than tens of times. However, it doesn't make the movie any less enjoyable. Not only Aaron Paul, but the whole cast commits to their characters, strong performances all around. It was nice to to encounter Mary Elizabeth Winstead again whom I hadn't seen since 2016's "Cloverfield Lane 10". I think it'd be fair to call the movie a character study, although maybe not the deepest or most original one. The themes of abuse & bullying are explored, and the movie has an equal amount of bitter and sweet moments. I can't deny that "The Parts You Lose" managed to move me, there were those glimpses. The main character we follow is a boy with impaired hearing, speech, low self-worth and troubling life, and he befriends a criminal, portrayed by Aaron Paul. Of course there's going to be strong emotions involved. On a side note, I'm a little confused about the fact that the movie has the genres action and thriller listed for it here it's not really an action movie & it's a drama way before it's a thriller.

"The Parts You Lose" is not an essential viewing expierence, not inovative either, but it is well made in every aspect of filmmaking & has a little bit of that "Fargo" feel. Slightly. Probably partially thanks to the wintery and rural setting... If you like Aaron Paul or enjoy stories like the one this movie offers - go for it. My rating: 6/10.

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Release Date:

3 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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2.35 : 1
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