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2,973 Ratings

The Place Beyond the Pines

Directed by Derek Cianfrance
United States, 2012
Drama, Crime


A motorcycle stunt rider makes an ill-fated decision to commit a crime in order to support his child. The dire consequences of his actions and those of the policeman who targeted him, reverberate in the following years.

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The Place Beyond the Pines Directed by Derek Cianfrance
With The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance moves into vastly different territory [than Blue Valentine]. An expansive, many-textured epic in two parts, shot on location in Schenectady, New York, the film explores the bloodline tie between two adolescent boys (the second part) and their absent fathers (the first). Using an ensemble cast, live locations and more than ten times the budget of previous productions, it’s an ambitious work of a far larger scope than the director is used to collaring.
April 12, 2013
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Unlike Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines (titled after the English translation of the name of its setting, Schenectady) doesn’t beat you over the head with its working-class anti-pretensions, and Gosling’s hour-long narrative in particular suggests a filmmaker with a real affinity for low-key genre mechanics. Cianfrance may turn out to be one of those artists for whom less is considerably more.
April 10, 2013
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If the first segment of The Place Beyond the Pines is merely dramatically unconvincing and borderline campy—peaking when Luke’s grease-stained, squirrel-eyed accomplice (Ben Mendelsohn) warns him sagely that “when you ride like lightning, you crash like thunder”—it’s the middle segment that begins to give a true indication of just how pretentious a register Cianfrance is working in.
April 09, 2013
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