Montana Story

Montana Story

USA | 2021 | 114 min | Scott McGehee, David Siegel

April 14 - 24, 2022

Against the lush backdrop of Montana’s sweeping landscapes, two estranged, adult siblings return to the family ranch to care for their ailing father, only for deep family wounds to rise anew.


Few things look better than the sweeping landscapes of the Treasure State in 35mm, something writer/directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End, SIFF 2013’s What Maisie Knew) know all too well. It’s here in Big Sky Country that they set this mythic and soulful modern Western about deep family wounds. With his father Wade in a coma after suffering a major stroke, young Cal (Owen Teague, “Mrs. Fletcher”) returns to the sprawling ranch he once called home, finding the estate deep in debt; only an aging stallion named Mr. T and a few chickens are left of a once-bustling property. As he begins selling off the assets, his estranged sister Erin (Haley Lu Richardson, Support the Girls) arrives unannounced. Cal hasn’t seen or heard from her since she ran off to upstate New York, and the reunion of these once-close siblings is not a happy one. What happened to her, their relationship, their family, has haunted them for years, and it’s not long before that long-simmering tension explodes in a ball of pent-up fury. Co-starring Gilbert Owuor (“Goliath”) as Wade’s Kenyan nurse and Indigenous actress Kimberly Guerrero (“Reservation Dogs”) as his longtime housekeeper Valentina, Montana Story is a patient, contemplative, and elegant drama about family legacy.

Marcus Gorman

  • Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
  • Principal Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague, Kimberly Guerrero, Gilbert Owuor, Asivak Koostachin, Eugene Brave Rock
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 114 min
  • Producer: Scott McGehee, Jennifer Roth, David Siegel
  • Screenplay: Scott McGehee, David Siegel, Mike Spreter
  • Cinematographers: Giles Nuttgens
  • Editors: Isaac Hagy
  • Music: Kevin Morby
  • Filmography: What Maisie Knew (2012), Uncertainty (2008), Bee Season (2005), The Deep End (21001)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Bleecker Street
  • International Sales: ICM Partners