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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ryan Gosling
Don Cheadle
Chris Klein
Jena Malone
Kevin Spacey
Directors
Matthew Ryan Hoge
Screenwriters
Matthew Ryan Hoge
Running Time
104 minutes

The United States Of Leland


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Plot
After teenager Leland (Gosling) murders his ex-girlfriend’s mentally disabled brother, he befriends a prison teacher, Pearl (Cheadle), who is keen to write a book about him. Flashbacks fill us in on Leland’s past as Pearl attempts to find out what drove him to kill.


Verdict
It’s poetic, hypnotic and well-performed, but fails to either draw out its characters with conviction or fully draw its audience in.


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