Mickey and the Bear

Mickey and the Bear

USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Annabelle Attanasio

In the small town of Anaconda, Montana, headstrong teen Mickey (Camila Morrone, SIFF 2018’s Never Goin' Back) must choose between a possible life of freedom and caring for her addict, veteran father.

"'Mickey and the Bear' transmutes its insights into fully fleshed drama."—The Hollywood Reporter

"Truth is, one day you're gonna forget about me; that's just the way it is." Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone, SIFF 2018's Never Goin' Back) swears to her father Hank (James Badge Dale, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek) that'll never happen, but as she approaches her high-school graduation, she realizes he might have a point. Since her mother's untimely death, Mickey has dedicated her life to taking care of Hank, whose leg injury while serving in Iraq has turned him into an alcoholic and full-blown Oxycontin addict. Even if he does get better, of which there is no guarantee, what's left for her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana? Maybe the new kid in school (Calvin Demba, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and the no-nonsense town psychiatrist (Rebecca Henderson, "Russian Doll") can inspire her to follow her dreams of leaving Montana behind forever for the sunny shores of the West Coast. In her feature debut, writer/director Annabelle Attanasio (also an actress best known for her work on Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" and CBS's "Bull") demonstrates extraordinary restraint with a story that could have very easily fallen into garish melodrama, never shifting focus away from Morrone and Dale's outstanding performances. "It wasn't supposed to be like this, darling," Hank drunkenly tells his daughter one night. And it's not too late to change that.

Marcus Gorman

Director Biography
Los Angeles native Annabelle Attanasio grew up acting in local and regional theater productions since age 5. Upon graduation from the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, she enrolled at New York University, where she began writing, directing, and starring in short films and plays. She is well known for her role as Dorothy Walcott in the Cinemax drama "The Knick," as well as two seasons as Cable McCrory on the 2016 CBS drama "Bull," which she left in 2018 to direct her debut feature Mickey And The Bear.

Sponsored by Ingeniux, KING 5

  • Director: Annabelle Attanasio
  • Principal Cast: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield, Rebecca Henderson
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Lizzie Shapiro, Taylor Shung, Anja Murmann, Sabine Schenk
  • Screenplay: Annabelle Attanasio
  • Cinematographers: Conor Murphy
  • Editors: Henry Hayes
  • Music: Brian McComber
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP