Explores a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
“THE FILM DELICATELY BEARS ITS SCARS AND FINDS PEACE BY ACKNOWLEDGING HOW CHILDHOOD PAINS CAN MAKE AND BREAK US.”
- Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
“THE ICING ON THE CAKE OF [LABEOUF’S] INDIE REDEMPTION PHASE.”
- Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)
“AS ACTOR, SCRIPTWRITER AND SELF-PORTRAITIST, LABEOUF SETS HIS DUCKS IN A ROW AND TAKES PERFECT AIM.”
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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