The Motel Life Poster

Release Date: 2012

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2014

R|1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
The hardscrabble lives of two brothers (Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff) reach a breaking point when one accidentally runs over and kills a bicycle rider.

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Shae D'Lyn, Joshua Leonard, Oren Skoog, Jenica Bergere

Director: Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Polsky Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The directors and the cast, through a miracle of tone, mood, and emotion, have made a film that feels true, that is sweet and sharp and unbearable. Every frame feels right, every choice feels thought-out, considered. All adds up to a heartbreaking whole. show more

  • It's admirable and even memorable, in its moody fashion, thanks to Roman Vasyanov's richly textured cinematography — he's a shooter to keep our eyes on — and three affecting performances. show more

  • The central performances by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff hold the film together with the intensity of their brotherly affection and support. show more

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Winner Audience Award
Festival internazionale del film di Roma (2012)
Winner Best screenplay
Festival internazionale del film di Roma (2012)