The Place Beyond the Pines

The daring new movie from the director of BLUE VALENTINE is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies—which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK’s Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper). Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery’s confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. “Those familiar with BLUE VALENTINE will have a good idea of the power of Cianfrance’s unflinching storytelling style and the effect it sways the way we watch his work. His films are dense in rich themes and expertly laid allegories, yet are always highly watchable with brilliant performances”—Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk. R. 141 Min.

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