Soft-spoken Leland Fitzgerald (Ryan Gosling) commits a crime that shocks his community. Because he is the son of a world-renowned author (Kevin Spacey) and his motive is a genuine mystery, he becomes a touchstone for controversy. In pursuing "the reason why," a prison counselor and aspiring writer (Don Cheadle) sees the chance for a career-making book. Leland's haunting tale probes the impenetrable secrets of the suburban American family and explores the resonance of a single violent act, revealing its effect on the families of the guilty and the innocent. Official Web Site

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Writer/director Matthew Ryan Hoge on society's reaction to criminals

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Cast: Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Lena Olin, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams, Martin Donovan, Ann Magnuson, Kerry Washington, Sherilyn Fenn, Wesley Jonathan, Michael Pena, Michael Welch, Ron Canada

MPAA Rating: R

Run Time: 1hr 44mins

Release Year: 2003

Country Of Origin: USA