A special day of bonding takes a dark and dangerous detour for an 11-year-old boy when his uncle's violent past dramatically changes both their futures in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story.
With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson lives with his grandmother in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent has just returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack.
One morning, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. After a trip to a tailor to get Woody a customfitted suit, the pair heads to the bank to sign off on the loan Vincent needs to fulfill his dreams. But when a problem with the collateral puts the brakes on Vincent’s plans, his lack of legitimate business experience and his criminal record leave him with no good options. Desperate not to lose his only chance at success, Vincent throws back in with his former associates, convinced that one last score will set him free. With Woody in tow, he plunges into the violent world he thought he had escaped, running a drug deal for his exemployer, Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish and Fish’s brother Arthur.
In the course of one harrowing day, Woody comes face to face with double-crossing thugs and brutal turf wars, and sees his beloved uncle in a tragic and frightening new light. Ultimately, the boy will have to decide whether to follow his flawed hero...or become his own man.
||January 18th, 2013 (Limited) by Indomina Releasing|
||April 2nd, 2013 by Indomina Releasing|
||R for violence, language, child endangerment and some drug content.|
(Rating bulletin 2242, 9/26/2012)
||African-American, Abandoned Child, Dysfunctional Family, Life on the Outside, Coming of Age|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
||Filmforward Independent, Gordon Bijelonic, Datari Turner Films, Freedom Road Entertainment, Tiderock Entertainment, Zhi Media, Cinephile Academy, Taggart Productions, Hollywood Studio International, Rival Pictures|
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