Hesher (2010)

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Co-written and directed: Spencer Susser
Writers:  Spencer Susser | David Michôd | Brian Charles Frank
Cinematographer:  Morgan Susser
Composer:  Frank Tetaz(as Francois Tetaz)
Cast:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher), Rainn Wilson (Paul Forney), Natalie Portman (Nicole), Devin Brochu (T. J. Forney), Piper Laurie (Madeleine Forney), John Carroll Lynch (Larry), Audrey Wasilewski (Coleen Bolder), Brendan Hill (Dustin), Monica Staggs (Mom) and Frank Collison (Funeral Director) 

Release Date:  Sundance Film Festival, January 2010 

Synopsis:  A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic 

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Film Festivals:   Philadelphia Film Festival, 2010 – Won, Best First Time Director, Spencer Susser

Reviews
Rolling Stone:
 So what if Hesher flies off its wobbly handles — it keeps springing funny and touching surprises. The performances are aces. Wilson makes Dad’s emergence a subtle marvel. And even when the script edges Gordon-Levitt into Hallmark sentiment, you can’t take your eyes off him.

Roger Ebert (Chicago Times):  ” Have you ever seen “Withnail and I“? Hesher is the kind of man about whom Withnail would say: “Jaysus, and I thought I had problems.”

 

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