When the world turns upside down, the trick is coming out on top.
A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements.
Boy, Hotel, 1930s, Children, Father Son Relationship
Bleak, Atmospheric, Gentle, Understated, Literate
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King of the Hill is Steven Soderbergh's third feature film, released in 1993, and the second he directed from his own screenplay following his 1989 Palme d'Or-winning film sex, lies, and videotape. It too was nominated for the Palme d'Or, at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
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King of the Hill (1993)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Genres - Drama | Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama | Release Date - Sep 24, 1993 (USA - Unknown) | Run Time - 102 min. | Countries - USA | MPAA Rating - PG13
Synopsis by Paul Brenner
Steven Soderbergh, after the success of sex, lies, and videotape and the commercial failure of Kafka, pulls a rabbit out of his hat with this quiet and evocative recollection of a childhood lived in the Depression, based on A. E. Hotchner's memoir. Twelve-year-old Aaron Kurlander (Jesse Bradford) is coming of age in a rotting working class section of St. Louis in 1933. As the film begins, Aaron's family is coming apart at the seams due to the increasingly bleak economy. His father (Jeroen Krabbe) ekes out a living with a series of failed sales jobs as the family lives in the dilapidated Empire Hotel in a seamy section of town. When his younger brother (Cameron Boyd) is sent to live with relatives to save expenses, his consumptive mother (Lisa Eichhorn) goes away to a sanitarium and his father abandons him to sell watches in Iowa. At first Aaron retreats into a concocted fantasy world but he gradually becomes drawn into the shattered lives of the tenants of the hotel. Aaron sees the rotting social fabric laid bare and discovers he must temper his childhood dreams with the hard-hitting realities of adult existence.
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