Gus Van Sant triumphantly returns with “one of his best”
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Also starring Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon. M in cinemas September 27
“Van Sant has rebounded with one of his best, a life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction that recalls such crowd-pleasers as ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Finding Forrester’.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“Disarmingly chill” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“A movie about that most essential thing in life: finding your people, even when you don’t know who you are yourself.” – Oliver Jones, New York Observer
“Leave it to filmmaker Gus Van Sant to make a film about a hopeless drunk who becomes a quadriplegic into a story that’s funny, dark, sad, sweet and even sort of inspirational.” – Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
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