Half Nelson

(USA, 2006, 104 minutes)

A well-regarded New York high school history teacher is in fact a disillusioned idealist with a severe drug habit, and he bonds with one of his students, a young girl whose brother is in jail for drug dealing and who feels as disillusioned as he is. Bleak, gritty but engaging urban drama, handled with nerve and excellently performed, that thankfully prefers to ask questions rather than pass judgment.

A Thinkfilm release. Hunting Lane Films presents, in association with Silverwood Films and Original Media, a Hunting Lane Films/Journeyman Pictures production, with the support of Verisimilitude. Starring Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps; and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Ryan Fleck; produced by Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg; written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; music by Broken Social Scene; director of photography (Deluxe), Andrij Pareikh; production designer, Elizabeth Mickle; costume designer, Erin Benach; film editor, Anna Boden.


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