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The Short History of the Long Road (2019)

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A teenager has to confront the reality of life on the road after tragedy strikes.


Ani Simon-Kennedy
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Credited cast:
Sabrina Carpenter ... Nola
Maggie Siff ... Cheryl
Steven Ogg ... Clint
Danny Trejo ... Miguel
Rusty Schwimmer ... Marcie
Kadrolsha Ona Carole ... Parishioner
Jean Effron ... Jean
Esodie Geiger ... Waitress
Jackamoe Buzzell ... Security Guard
Mike Miller ... Randi Used Car Salesman
Dani Payne ... Annie
Bob Jesser ... Brett
James Cady ... Carl
Alaina Warren Zachary ... Bartender
Jashaun St. John Jashaun St. John ... Blue


For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair crisscross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, relishing their independence and making ends meet by doing odd jobs. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in search of a mother she never knew. When her motorhome unexpectedly breaks down, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), and senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.

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Referenced in Talking Dead: Worth (2018) See more »


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"The Short History of the Long Road": When the Highway is your Home
17 July 2020 | by jtncsmistadSee all my reviews

All of us have wanderlust. Whether realized via a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive, a spontaneous road trip, an exotic resort vacation or a lifestyle, we as humans are innately driven to get up, get out and migrate about at various points in our lives.

The new drama "The Short History of the Long Road" is all about this need to move. Sabrina Carpenter is wonderful here as Nola, a young woman who has known nothing but crisscrossing America in a clunky vintage van with her vagabond father. Nola is traveling a road to discovery in her young life. We watch as she learns that home is where you make it, a residence of the soul, not limited to physical location nor trappings.

And I must give heartfelt props to Writer/Director Ani Simon-Kennedy for "daring" to show Christians who are actually fully dimensional, real people, not caricatures to be exploited and belittled. This shouldn't be bold. But amidst the mentally of the modern motion picture community, it is.

God Bless you for sharing your own voice, Ms. Simon-Kennedy. And for not letting it drown in the malicious and mystifying anti-faith messaging flooding your business.

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16 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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New Mexico, USA

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