The Hero
Showings
Film Info
Genre:Narrative
Runtime:93
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Brett Haley
Description

Expected to be in attendance: Director Brett Haley

CENTERPIECE FILM:
NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.

Writer/director Brett Haley I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, IFFBoston 2015) returns with another sharply observed exploration of aging. Aided by a never-better Elliott, Haley has imbued this character study with personal details and characterization that make the film resonate. THE HERO is a sometimes difficult, yet warm and ultimately touching portrait of an artist who realizes he isn’t quite ready to hang up his spurs.

—Sundance Film Festival guide

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