Oscar winner Forest Whitaker gives a performance of “infinite sorrow and shimmering anger” (The New York Times) as a newly paroled man struggling to live a good life in TWO MEN IN TOWN, the widely praised new action drama from director Rachib Bouchareb. Cohen Media Group will release the film on Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, 2015.
After a troubled youth and 18 years in prison in New Mexico for killing a sheriff’s deputy, William Garnett (Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Taken 3) is being released. He has been a model prisoner, but as he faces life as a free man, he wonders if he can make it on the outside. With the help of an idealistic but hard-nosed parole agent (Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies) and his newfound Islamic faith, Garnett struggles to rebuild his life and overcome the violent impulses that possess him.
After buying a motorcycle to roam the wide-open desert, Garnett finds a job, begins a promising relationship with a woman and strives to stay on the straight and narrow. But his old friend Terry (Luis Guzman, Boogie Nights, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) shows up and tries to drag him back into a world of crime. And then there’s Bill Agati (Oscar nominee Harvey Keitel, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), the sheriff of the small New Mexico border county where Garnett has been released. Convinced that Garnett is an unredeemable threat to the public, Agati launches a campaign to return him to prison for life.
The latest film from Rachib Bouchareb, the award-winning director of London River, Just Like a Woman and Days of Glory, also stars Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream, The Exorcist) and Dolores Heredia (Get the Gringo, Vantage Point).
Vulture/New York magazine’s Bilge Ebiri praised the film’s “immense visual beauty,” “the subtlety of its performances” and its “raging heart,” and said Forest Whitaker “can convey worlds of emotion through just a shoulder hunch, or the way he splashes a bit of water on his face.” A.O. Scott of The New York Times called the film “a showcase for a superb group of actors.” The Los Angeles Times‘ Sheri Linden said, “The setting is striking, the cast impressive.” “It’s a beautifully shot film … Blethyn’s pragmatic, Fargo-esque parole officer is a pleasure,” wrote Jessica Kiang of The Playlist.