Back Roads

A dark, claustrophobic thriller that stays on your mind long after viewing.

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Back Roads

After his mother (a gritty Juliette Lewis) is imprisoned for killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer (Alex Pettyfer) is left to care for his three younger sisters in rural Pennsylvania. Harley forgoes his college education, working dead-end jobs to pay the bills and raise his siblings, including his rebellious and promiscuous 16-year-old sister, Amber (Nicola Peltz). Scarred by his past, Harley becomes infatuated with Callie Mercer (Jennifer Morrison) the older married woman who lives nearby. Things take a dangerous turn when they embark on an affair and shocking family secrets soon begin to emerge. As Harley’s life spirals out of control, unspoken truths leading to a devastating conclusion come to the surface and threaten to consume him.

Genre
Thriller
Runtime
101
Language
English
Director
Alex Pettyfer
Cast
Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Morrison, Nicola Peltz, Robert Patrick, Juliette Lewis
FEATURED REVIEW
Kristy Strouse, Film Inquiry

'Back Roads' marks Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut, and in the last year (with his performance in 'The Strange Ones') a sort of rebirth. This shows not only his ability to encapsulate sorrow and darkness in his acting, but also his attention behind the camera, and Back Roads is one heavy hitter.

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