The Free World

USA | 2016 | 100 minutes | Jason Lew

Recently released after being falsely imprisoned, an ex-con (Boyd Holbrook) meets the troubled wife of a particularly nasty cop (Elisabeth Moss) and begins a sultry romance that sends his fresh start down a dark and dangerous path.

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When a person has been labeled by society—even falsely—can that label ever be erased? After freedom is taken, can it ever be fully recovered? Those are the central themes of Jason Lew's brooding debut feature about the cruelty of fate and finding second chances in rural Louisiana. Mo Lundy (Boyd Holbrook, "Narcos") has just been released from a lengthy, brutal prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. Seeking redemption and stability in the outside world, he meets Linda (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer, The Help), who hires him at her animal shelter. Having converted to Islam during his ultra-violent experience in prison—Mo is short for his adopted name, Mohammed—he proves a gentle, healing presence amid the wounded and neglected strays. But Mo soon discovers that the reinvention of his life is harder than he'd thought when Doris (Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"), the wife of a local police officer, appears at the shelter, bloody and beaten. After deciding to help Doris with her predicament, Mo sets in motion an escalating confrontation with local law enforcement, leading to a pulse-pounding climax in a chase through bayou country. The Free World is a stark meditation on violence in all its forms and the difficulty of achieving true forgiveness in a world obsessed with the sins of the past.

Director Biography
A graduate of NYU, Jason Lew is both an actor and director, and has worked on a variety of projects. He makes his feature directorial debut with The Free World (2016), which he also wrote.

Sponsored by KVOS, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Jason Lew
  • Principal Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang, Waleed Zuaiter
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Laura Rister
  • Screenplay: Jason Lew
  • Cinematographers: Berenice Eveno
  • Editors: Dominic LaPerriere
  • Music: Tim Hecker
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Films
  • International Sales: WME