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Fruitvale Station

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Ryan Coogler’s extraordinary feature debut focuses on the senseless New Year’s Day 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant, a young black man, whose murder sent shockwaves through the US after it was captured on camera by his fellow train passengers.

Opening with the actual phone footage of the incident at Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California, the film then rewinds to recount the final twenty-four hours of Grant’s life. Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, The Wire) plays Oscar, a charismatic youth who is devoted to his mom (Octavia Spencer; The Help, Smashed), adores his young daughter, and strives to be true to her mother Sophina (Melonie Diaz; Hamlet 2, Be Kind Rewind). Newly released from prison, he is earnestly trying to put his life back together and do the right thing. Following him through his everyday struggles, Coogler weaves a nuanced story that delicately captures the hopes and frustrations of Oscar’s life, and the shocking circumstances surrounding his death.

Jordan gives a revelatory performance as a sincere but flawed father, son, and friend. Diaz is equally vibrant as his devoted girlfriend, while Spencer anchors the cast as his stalwart mother. Coogler, with his keen sense of the story's milieu, creates an insightful and achingly realistic portrait of Oscar’s life. Fruitvale Station is an immensely powerful drama that puts a human face to tragic headlines.


"A shrewd script and career-launching performances drive a tragic modern story that carries heavy social weight." - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

""Fruitvale Station" isn't just a story of one family's tragedy, but a wounding snapshot of a society struggling somewhere between melting pot and battlefield." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Fruitvale Station is a gut punch of a movie. By standing in solidarity with Oscar, it becomes an unstoppable cinematic force." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, A hna O’Reilly, Kevin DurandMichael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, A hna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand
Year: 2012
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Entertainment One

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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