Genre: Bio, Comedy, Drama. Dir: Gus Van Sant. Country: USA.
After Portland slacker John Callahan (an utterly endearing Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, he has no intention of giving up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment with a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Gus Van Sant’s latest is a poignant and often funny drama about the healing power of art, adapted from Callahan’s autobiography. Rooney Mara, Jack Black and Kim Gordon also star.