Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, Robert Patrick and Kyra Sedgwick star in The Road Within; a beautiful and honest portrayal of people suffering from mental health issues. Vincent, a young man suffering from Tourette syndrome whose mother (and primary caregiver) dies. His estranged father, Robert, is then forced to step in but he’s running for political office and doesn’t want his son on the campaign trail. So Robert puts Vincent in a clinic that’s run by the unconventional Dr. Mia Rose. Once there, Vincent falls in love with an anorexic woman named Marie and, together, they steal Dr. Rose’s car (and end up having to kidnap his OCD roommate, Alex). With Robert and Dr. Rose in hot pursuit, Vincent, Marie and Alex go on a life changing road trip to deliver the ashes of his mother to the ocean.
Directed by Gren Wells, a former comic, the film sets out to destigmatize issues of mental illness. Just because these characters seem different on the outside, doesn't make them any different than the rest of us. We all have things we don't like about ourselves - or that we're embarrassed about. The Road Within is a poignant character study void of sentimentality yet truthfully showcasing the complexities of people suffering to live their lives each day the message is learning to embrace our differences as opposed to hiding them.
The film has already garnered critical acclaim winning Best Film, Alice Nella Citta, at the Rome Film Festival. Actors Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz won Best Actor and Best Actress at the Napa Film Festival, and director Gren Wells was chosen by Varity as one of the Top 10 Directors to Watch in 2015.
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