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L.I.E. (Long Island Expressway)

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Original title
L.I.E. (Long Island Expressway)
Running time
95 min.
United States United States
Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta, Stephen M. Ryder
Pierre Földes
Romeo Tirone
Alter Ego, Belladonna Productions
Drama | Gay & Lesbian. Teen/coming-of-age. Independent Film (US)
One of the most astonishing American independent films in years, L.I.E. tells the story of fifteen-year-old Howie, a young New Jersey native whose life falls apart around him, but who also ends up finding himself during the process. After Howie's mother dies his father, a corrupt building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his new girlfriend, let alone his son's emotional needs. To cope with the pressures that he is under, Howie begins to spend more time with his delinquent friends. However, their pastimes include ditching school and robbing local houses to finance their habits. In the aftermath of one these burglaries Paul and his friends meet ex-marine Big John, and it is then that Howie discovers the secret that binds his friend to this mysterious older man. When his friend suddenly skips town, and his father is busted by the FBI, Howie is completely alone. Can Big John become the paternal figure that Howie needs, or will his predatory instincts prevail?
2001: Sundance Film Festival: Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: 7 Nominations including Best Film
2001: National Board of Review: Special Recognition
2001: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Brian Cox)
2001: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Open Palm Award
2001: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Cox) (ex aequo) & New Filmmaker
2002: American Film Institute (AFI): Nominated for Featured Actor of the Year - Male (Brian Cox)
2002: Satellite Awards: Best Actor in a Drama (Brian Cox)
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