88 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, August 28th.

Mickey Scarpato is just getting by in God’s Pocket, a low rent Philadelphia neighbourhood whose inhabitants don’t care much for outsiders. A gambler and a thief, Mickey is devoted to his wife Jeanie, so much so that he endures her graceless, hot-wired son Leon with begrudging patience. When Leon is killed at his construction job, Mickey has to pacify his grieving wife, who refuses to accept her son’s death is an accident, and hustle up enough money to pay for the funeral. An embittered hack investigating the death, a demanding undertaker and a best pal with mob connections add to Mickey’s woes.

Mad Men star John Slattery adapts Peter Dexter’s 1983 novel for his impressive feature debut, a darkly comic ensemble piece with a terrific cast featuring Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles.(Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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