In Providence, a husband and wife die in a botched robbery; we see flickers of his last memories. His heart goes to Terry Bernard, a single father raising a girl with a rare degenerative disease. After the operation, Terry has flashes of memory from the last moments of the dead donor’s life. Then, he recognizes one of the donor’s killers and follows him into an alley. Within days, Terry becomes an unwilling avenger, with a police detective on his trail. Meanwhile, he begins a romance with his daughter’s doctor, his moods complicated by memory flashes, the donor’s deepening presence in both Terry’s mind and body, and the unexplained bond among the donor’s killers. Can this end well? —IMDb
Michael Cuesta (Born July 8, 1963 in New York) is an American film and television director. He received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1985.
Cuesta co-wrote (with Stephen Ryder and Gerald Cuesta) and directed the 2001 independent film, L.I.E. which starred Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Billy Kay, and Bruce Altman. L.I.E. received critical acclaim and two Independent Spirit Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
His film L.I.E. actually led him to become a veteran director for the HBO original series, Six Feet Under which aired from 2001–05. According to executive producer Alan Poul, “During the second season, we had hired a director for the fourth episode, but he fell out one week before the start of pre-production. Alan Ball and I were alarmed, but that night we went to see L.I.E., and it was a revelation. The next morning we booked Michael. He’s a fantastic fit for the show.” Michael Cuesta became a regular director during the 2002 season of Six Feet Under… read more
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