The Motel Life
Filmfest 2013

German Age Rating

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Hirsch does a terrific job with Frank, the bright one, who has all the potential but has somehow forgotten how to access it. But Dorff is the one who will break your heart – his Jerry Lee is a ruined, physically shattered specimen, struggling with having done something he simply has not got the resources to get over, and hating himself a little bit for relying so much on his brother's help and kindness. But kind is what they are to each other. It's unusual to see depicted a brotherly relationship that's without conflict or jealousy or ego, but the two actors sell the warmth of their closeness absolutely. And the animations, which are basically a synthesis of Jerry Lee's artistic style with Frank's storytelling give form to a shared world, that with its big-breasted women in sometimes pornographic situations, its pirates and its fighter pilots, is utterly beguiling in its boyishness.
Jessica Kiang,, Nov. 16, 2012

tags: Feature film

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Dakota Fanning


Screenplay: Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Original von / by: Willy Vlatin

Director of Photography: Roman Vasyanov

Film Editor: Hughes Winborne

Composer: David Holmes

Production Designer: Ryan Smith

Costume Design: Kurt and Bart

Sound: Stuart McCowan

Producer: Gabriel Polsky

Co-Producer: Alan Polsky, Ann Ruark

World Sales: Independent

Director: Alan Polsky, Gabriel Polsky