SOLLERS POINT Unclassified 18+
A rich and authentic slice of realist drama about a young Baltimore man trying to go straight after serving house arrest for drug dealing.
Stepping into his first leading role, American Honey’s McCaul Lombardi plays Keith, out on probation and attempting to sort out his life, having served a drug dealing sentence under house arrest with his dad, a retired steel worker in the neighbourhood of Sollers Point.
Working in the social-realist register he’s perfected, Baltimore director Matt Porterfield (Take What You Can Carry, MIFF 2015; I Used to be Darker, MIFF 2013) finds an unexpected groove in the oft-told tale of an ex-con trying to go straight, lingering on personal moments and regionally specific details. Featuring indelible support from Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) and a surprisingly moving, paternal Jim Belushi, Sollers Point offers a refreshing and unpretentious portrait of working-class American life.
"An exceptionally sly and sneaky film in the best sense. It moves subtly and quietly in unexpected ways and offers surprises that register only after viewing, like time-release revelations." – The New Yorker
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