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The Motel Life [DVD]


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  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff
  • Directors: Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: House
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ICK2HA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A pair of working-class brothers (Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff) are forced to live a life on the run after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. A cat-and-mouse thriller from the Producers of Bad Lieutenant.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Frank and Jerry Lee are brothers who have been dealt a hard hand in the game of life. They scrape a living by working low paid jobs and live in motel rooms. The only thing that seems to bring them happiness is the stories that Frank invents and the pictures that Jerry lee draws about them.

Then one night Jerry Lee runs down and kills a young boy - he is riddled with guilt and he takes drastic action to atone. What we have here is a story of brotherly love trying to survive and lost chances. The performances from Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch are excellent. Hirsch proving that he can stretch is acting capabilities and both of them demonstrating a versatility that their contemporary's should be in awe of. This is no sugar coated tale but has a cold realism that is augmented by being filmed in the snow of the Sierra Nevadan frontier.

With great support from Dakota Fanning and the legendary Kris Krsitofferson and a run time of 82 minutes, this is does not waste its time, and is a film that I was expecting very little from, it was instead an understated gem that I feel happy to recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nik.b on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Long story short, 2 brothers from a broken home have their lives changed forever after a certain incident. I was a fan of Stephen Dorff in the early 1990's and Emile Hirsch after seeing 'Into The Wild' so I thought I would check this out. I actually found it quite moving, its a rather short movie, but both actors put in great performances and would recommend checking it out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Set in dreary Indie symbolic winter, "Motel Life" is a story of despair and unconditional love Frank (Emile Hirsch) has for his brother Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff). After Jerry Lee accidentally kills a kid on a bicycle, Frank abets him in disposing of the evidence and moving on. The brothers and everyone they touch have lives of despair which are brightened by Frank's story telling.

When the film wasn't slow and boring, it was filled with despair. It was certainly well acted and well scripted, for what it was. However on the entertainment scale, it was one I could have missed; a good movie I didn't like.

The film won the audience award at the 2012 Rome Screen Fest as well as best screenplay among 17 films.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb, sex, nudity- much of it was cartoon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD
'The Motel Life' is something of a treasure that seems to have been unfortunately lost for the large part. I was pleasantly surprised by this low-key independent movie, after initially expecting it to be average at best. Average it most certainly isn't, it's a bleak story of despair and unconditional love, and very well acted.

The film centres around Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan (played Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff), two brothers who have grown up with bad luck always with them. Although much tragedy has occurred in their still young lives, they have always had each other's back. As well as this, they find further comfort in Frank's fantastic storytelling which creates rich illustrations, and the brothers escape in fantasy as they turn into superheroes in them. When Jerry becomes involved with a fatal car accident which kills a young boy, the drifting siblings run away from Reno and travel to Elko. It is there where Annie (Dakota Fanning) lives, a young girl Frank once loved.

'The Motel Life' marks the directional debut of real life brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky, and an excellent first stab at film making. Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff deliver solid, intense performances, and have fantastic chemistry. Above all, it's story of brotherhood, and the trails and tribulations these men have been through together. To make things different, sketch animation is creatively used in the film to add to Frank's stories. This is what makes the movie somewhat unique, it's a nice touch, and it works. If you think of a cross between 'Of Mice and Men' and 'Midnight Cowboy', you wouldn't be far of the mark.

A excellent independent movie, which is becoming increasingly uncommon these days.
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