From writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, directors of the highly acclaimed Half-Nelson (2006), comes this hotly tipped comedy-drama about a gambler on a losing streak starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton.
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. Meeting charismatic young traveller Curtis (Reynolds), Gerry deems him his lucky charm, and together they hit the road, gambling their way south towards a high-stakes poker game in New Orleans.
An intoxicating story of compulsive gamblers, Mississippi Grind flawlessly evokes the seedy, small-time world of gambling and its addictive atmosphere of alternating hope and paranoia at racetracks, bars, and casinos.
It’s also notable for finally, and deservedly giving the superb Mendelsohn – generally a supporting actor who nevertheless steals every film he’s in – a lead role to get his teeth into.