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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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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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