Focus Features has released the official one-sheet for “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and your friendly, neighborhood Capital District Movies Examiner has it for you here. Schenectady residents will immediately recognize the Trustco Bank at the corner of State Street and Brandywine Avenue, that’s being cased by Ryan Gosling.
Gosling co-stars with Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Rose Byrne in a movie that’s part multi-generational family drama and crime thriller. This is a reteam of Gosling with his “Blue Valentine” director, Derek Cianfrance, who helms from a script he co-wrote with Niskayuna native Ben Coccio and Darius Marder.
An official synopsis of “The Place Beyond the Pines” has also been released by Focus, reprinted here. Don’t worry. These things seldom give away too much:
"The daring new movie from the director of ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.
Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke's ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies – which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).
Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy."
In addition, writer/director Derek Cianfrance has offered this quote in publicity materials made available by Focus Features:
“This movie tells three linear stories: a motorcycle stunt rider turns to a life of crime to support his newborn son, an ambitious rookie cop takes on a corrupt police department rather than confront his own demons, and two troubled teenage boys confront the mysteries of their past by battling each other.”
“The Place Beyond the Pines” has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. It opens on March 20, 2013.