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East of the Mountains (2021)

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Ben Givens (Tom Skerritt), a retired heart surgeon and recent widower who learns he has terminal cancer. Determined to navigate his final days on his own terms, he shares the news with no one--not even his daughter (Mira Sorvino)--instead traveling back to his boyhood home in Eastern Washington with only his dog in tow. But the journey does not go as planned; the familiar landscape triggers memories and a connection with a kind stranger (Annie Gonzalez) inspires new insight. Based on David Guterson's best-selling novel and unfolding against the scenic vistas of the Columbia Basin, this compelling character study offers a long-overdue showcase for one of cinema's greatest treasures.

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Cast

Mira Sorvino
as Renee Givens
Tom Skerritt
as Ben Givens
Annie Gonzalez
as Anita Romero
Wally Dalton
as Aidan Givens

Critic Reviews for East of the Mountains

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Stunningly beautiful and genuinely spiritually enlarging - breathtaking scenery, exquisite music, and poetic narration take us to locations no one but the most daring of daredevils have ever seen...

October 12, 2021 | Full Review…

With a lesser actor, East of the Mountains could have come across as tedious or maudlin, or both. Instead, Skerritt delivers a performance of such understated eloquence and dignity that it emerges as a quiet gem.

September 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Tom Skerritt's low-key warmth gives director S.J. Chiro and screenwriter Thane Swigart a charming, nuanced performance that's worthy of their considerate and moving adaptation.

September 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[An] engaging if familiar drama...

September 23, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a small-scale intimate movie solidly anchored by Skerritt's disciplined, deeply felt work. It's one of the best performances of his career.

September 21, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A deeply rich and tender-hearted drama about an elder's experience of compassion.

November 30, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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