‘Place Beyond the Pines’ Flies Onto Awards Radar


Focus Features’ “The Place Beyond the Pines” is being buoyed by an awards factor that is often overlooked: In-flight movies. At a Friday luncheon, Bradley Cooper told Variety, “Countless people have come up to me to tell me how much they love the movie, and it turns out they’ve seen it recently on airplanes.”

Cooper is in L.A. for a few days, on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from the untitled Cameron Crowe movie that’s filming in Hawaii. Focus took advantage of his presence to salute “Pines” at the Soho House.

Some pundits consider the film below the radar, since it opened in April instead of the usual awards-heavy fourth quarter. But writer-director Derek Cianfrance said he’s surprised at how many people, including awards voters, have seen his film two or three times.

Even with really good films, the audience can usually guess after 20 minutes how the film will end. That’s not the case with “Pines.” Cianfrance has enough plot twists to throw viewers off balance, and many people have told him they appreciated it more the second time, watching how everything connects.

Producer Jamie Patricof said on first viewing, many people have praised the complexity of Cianfrance’s work. “But it’s actually a linear story about family, and fathers and sons,” and that theme is brought home in the third act.

Patricof is proud of the film, which he labeled “one of the best films of the year,” but conceded that it was released “at an odd time.” Focus bought the film at the 2012 Toronto Festival, always with the goal of a spring opening.

In a year jammed with great films, some voters won’t have time to catch up on all the fourth-quarter entries. But thanks to an early mailing of the “Pines” screeners and the in-flight options, the April bow may turn out to be an advantage.  If so, that would be another great plot twist to Cianfrance’s saga.


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  1. Frank W says:

    The only thing I knew about this movie is it got a horrendous reviews–and it’s mainly because it was going all over the place. Wow. Someone needs to lose their job critiquing movies.

    Reminds me of Blade Runner. I was greatly disappointed by it on opening night (Bogart in the future) but part of it may have been from the audience (party atmosphere at first ruined the beginning) but on second viewing at Second Run, I caught the dialog I missed the first time around and was blown away by it.

  2. Alex Baquero says:

    This movie definitely deserves an oscar nom for best picture. If it had had a better release date it would have been a lock.

  3. CitizenTM says:

    Could not bother watching it to the end. On a plane. For free.

  4. Jake says:

    Ryan gosling is the best supporting actor of the year better than anyone else being considered

    • Mickey says:

      Ryan Gosling is terrible. He’s the same in the last five movies except for the brave choice in Gangster Squad he made by changing accents halfway through. Half Nelson is the only good performance he’s ever done.

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