The Motel Life is a new film based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin that revolves around a profound examination of brotherhood that is set in the Sierra Nevadan frontier. This new movie stars Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff and Dakota Fanning. The Motel Life is about a pair of working class brothers who leaves their Reno Motel after they get involves in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Check out what else you can expect from this new movie below:
“The Motel Life Now in the Big Screen
He needed big boy food.
Vlautin walked through the doors at Casale’s Halfway Club, the classic restaurant on Fourth Street known for its ravioli and the fact that half the restaurant used to be situated in Reno, the other half in Sparks.
Vlautin walked proudly into the restaurant. He even ended up with a regular booth seat he almost always would occupy.
Roughly 25 years later, actor Kris Kristofferson sat in that same seat.
Kristofferson was one of the principal actors in the movie, “The Motel Life,” which was filmed in Reno in 2011 and premieres Nov. 8. It is based on the book Vlautin published in 2006, which received positive reviews from the New York Times, Esquire (London), Washington Post and other publications.
Vlautin will be on hand for a free advance screening of the film at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Fans can RSVP for a free ticket on the Facebook page of “The Motel Life,” but space is limited.
Vlautin will hold a question-and-answer session and sell signed copies of his book.
“I thought it was awesome that he sat in the same booth that I would sit at,” said Vlautin, 45, a Reno High grad who lives in Portland, Ore. “It went from me just writing this little story; now, Kris Kristofferson is sitting in my seat at the Halfway Club. It makes my year.”
The novel and movie are based on a story of two brothers who flee their Reno motel after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Vlautin, who was inspired by the work of writers Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, William Kennedy and more, said the story is about the two brothers growing up, standing up for themselves and simply being men.
“The two brothers have been sliding all their lives,” said Vlautin, who was happy with the cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff and Dakota Fanning. “It’s pretty messy and rough on them. They really want to be decent people, but they haven’t been around people who taught them how to be (decent). They got sucked up into working and getting drunk.
“They have to figure out how to be accountable on their own.”
Often, when writers sell the rights to a story for a movie, people complain about how the story gets butchered or important details have been changed. But Vlautin said he was surprisingly happy with the result.”
The rest of the article can be read at RGJ.com.