Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Trucker (2008)

James Mottern wrote and directed his first film, Trucker (2008), a surprisingly sharp, street smart, and touching story of young woman who ekes out a living as a truck driver. Still living a life of meaningless one night stands, she must face a son she had eleven years earlier now that the father is dying. The film provides one of the most powerful examples of cinema rooted in reality that I have seen in a long time. It is so real, so grounded, so solid, that it almost occurs as a documentary diving into the real interactions of actual people.

The performances are top of the line with Benjamin Bratt perfect as the dying father and Jimmy Bennett as a very compelling child. Michelle Monaghan won a Best Actress Award from the San Diego Film Critics Society, and the movie won several awards at the Festivals. As a first time director, Mottern's work already surpasses that of most established Hollywood hot shots.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw this movie a few days ago, and I agree with what you wrote. It was very realistic and touched the heart. The kid was great. When he played baseball and hit the ball, even though it was caught, and he's beaming, "I hit it!"

Speaking of great movies, on your recommendation I watched that Indian film, "Fire." Oh my god. That is an absolute masterpiece. It is perhaps the best movie I have ever seen. In the ending, after the fire, when the two women see each other, incredible. I haven't cried like that in years.

5/12/2010 9:59 AM  

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