In the thriller The Motel Life, when one of them is involved in a fatal accident, brothers Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan must decide whether to accept responsibility or continue to run, as they have done throughout their lives.
During a blizzard, Jerry Lee accidentally hits and kills a teenage boy on a bicycle and flees the scene in a panic. The brothers’ instinct is to disappear, and their elaborate plans to evade authorities lead them down a dark path of regret and tragic consequences. The amazing bond and colorful imaginations of the working-class brothers (played by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff) have sustained them for years, as they struggled with the challenges of their transient lifestyle and supported themselves with odd jobs.
Other cast members include Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson. The film is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin. The screenplay was written by Noah Harpster, known primarily for his work as a television actor, and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, who wrote the story for the video game Operation Urgent Fury.
The Motel Life is directed by Alan and Gabe Polsky, previously known for producing various projects, including the Jerry Weintraub documentary His Way.
The Motel Life premieres in theaters Nov. 8.
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