Do yourself a favour and see The Place Beyond the Pines. Just be warned that this is not a movie, it’s a film, made very much in the tradition of great 1970’s films. It’s gritty, unconventional and totally intriguing, so, if you’re into grown men in tights dangling from high rise antennas than this might not be your cup of tea.
The Place Beyond the Pines is the second feature from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). The story explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke’s fateful decision to rob a bank in order to support his child. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta it’s a film that will blow you away on a multitude of levels; the story and the performances are remarkable and the film’s cinematography should absolutely be experienced on the big screen.
The Place Beyond the Pines is the type of film that reminds you that filmmaking is an art. Not because it’s overly arty or self-important but because it has been so brilliantly executed. Every element from the story development to the dialogue, acting, lighting, editing and music was crafted by filmmakers who care about their craft and believed in this project. The result is the equivalent of a michelin star meal that you savour with every bite and then reminisce about for years.
So far, for us, it’s definitely the best film of 2013.
Here’s director Derek Cianfrance speaking about the film…