The Place Beyond the Pines

The iniquity of a father is visited upon his children - more than once - in this wrenching and profound multigenerational saga directed and co-written by Derek Cianfrance. A motorcycle stuntman (Ryan Gosling) in a traveling carnival reencounters his ex-lover (Eva Mendes) who reveals they have a baby son. Determined to provide for his newfound offspring, he embarks on a spree of bank heists. When a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) eventually tracks him down, it has devastating consequences for both men - and for their respective families. The film offers a powerful message about temptation and relativism, as well as the role of conscience and the effect of one individual's actions on others - though the choices made by the conflicted characters are not always ideal ones.

Watch out for:
Action violence including gunplay, brief gore, frequent drug and alcohol use, an instance of distasteful humor, a scene of sensuality, a couple of uses each of profane and crass language.

L - limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013