When Focus Features moved Ethan Coen‘s Drive-Away Dolls from the fall festival slate to it’s current February 23rd release date we can imagine that Sundance and Berlinale programmers started salivating and wouldn’t it be a swell narrative if Ethan returns to Park City exactly four decades after launching his career with Grand Prize winning Blood Simple? Co-written with his wife Tricia Cooke, this stars Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein with supporting players in Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Colman Domingo. Zola and Eileen cinematographer Ari Wegner and composer Carter Burwell brought their magic to the crime caper.
Gist: This follows Jamie (Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Viswanathan) who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.
Production Co./Producers: Tricia Cooke, Robert Graf, Robert Graf and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
U.S. Distributor: Focus Features.