A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
Chicago, 1993. At his 23 years-old, James Fray is a lost soul involved in a spiral of auto-destruction due to his addiction at drugs and alcohol. After of all a night of party consuming and drinking, James falls accidentally by a balcony of the house where he was, breaking his nose. When he wakes up of the drunk and his high hours later, he finds himself in an airplane with destination Minnesota to be interned in the Hazelden Foundation, a legendary facility center for addicts. Reluctant to follow any process to overpass from his addictions, in the center meets another patients in treatment: Leonard, a foul-mouthed former member of the mob; John, a deranged sexual obsessive unable to contain his primary impulses; Roy, who has a bipolar disorder with religious delirium; and Miles, a clarinet player and former judge who turns in his roommate. Despite the rules of the center prevent all kind of contact between men and women, whose are treated in a different pavilion of the center, James ...Written by
I hope the message of this tale helps those who need to hear it.
Aside from the fabrications and embellishments, the core of this story rings true to someone who has known people who have fought (and continue to fight) for their recovery.
This movie was evocatively directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. I give immense kudos to her skills. I was brought to the point of tears more than once. And the movie left me with a feeling of realistic hope.
I'd also like to heap praise on all the cast whose performances made this an honor to experience.
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