The Place Beyond the Pines | Chicago Reader

The Place Beyond the Pines

A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) discovers that the woman he loved and left a year earlier (Eva Mendes) has given birth to a son by him, and his half-baked decision to become a better father ends tragically. This naturalistic drama is ambitious to the point of being unwieldy, and after a while it begins trotting out familiar characters (Ray Liotta as a dirty cop) and situations (an execution in the woods, a la Miller's Crossing). But once the story has advanced from one generation to the next and its thematic sweep has become apparent, these flaws seem much more tolerable. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) directed a script he cowrote with Ben Coccio, whose stunning debut feature, Zero Day (2003), deserves a much wider audience.



  • Derek Cianfrance


  • Ryan Gosling
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Eva Mendes
  • Rose Byrne
  • Ben Mendelsohn
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Dane DeHaan
  • Emory Cohen
  • Ray Liotta
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Harris Yulin
  • Gabe Fazio
  • Olga Merediz


  • Jamie Patricof
  • Lynette Howell
  • Alex Orlovsky
  • Sidney Kimmel
  • Jim Tauber
  • Matt Berenson
  • Bruce Toll

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