MVFF '09: The Road


Bleak. Engrossing. Heartbreaking. Powerful. The Road is an unrelenting look at the end of the world, using it to discuss the best and worst of what humans are capable of.

It's tempting to call it depressing on a surface level, but of course, the point is the opposite, highlighting the human spirit and perseverance. It drains you, but leaves hope untouched—it's just hidden beneath one of the saddest parenting stories you'll ever see. A must-see film that's frighteningly reflective.

This is a capsule review from the film festival. We will have a full review when the film opens on November 25.

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Running time: 112
Country: US
Category: US Cinema
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Producers: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz
Screenwriter: Joe Penhall
Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe
Editor: Jon Gregory
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron


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