October 19th, 2015 by PRatt
December 10, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

(U.S., 2015) Director: Peter Sollett. Screenplay by Ron Nyswaner, based on the short documentary by Cynthia Wade.
Cast: Julianne Moore , Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon.

Julianne Moore stars as the real-life New Jersey detective Laurel Hester who, when she was dying of lung cancer, was told by the county that she could not leave her benefits to the woman she lived with, because it would offend the ‘sanctity of marriage.’ Speaking to the unequal treatment of gay and lesbian couples that the Supreme Court recently overturned, Freeheld is an important story told with tenderness, humor, and passion. The excellent ensemble cast includes Ellen Page (Juno) as Moore’s partner, Steve Carell as a motor-mouthed activist, and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, 99 Homes) as the nice guy (!) mechanic who works with Page at his garage. 103 min.

“It’s a poignant, relevant and beautifully made film that must not be missed by anyone with a heart and a social conscience.” – Rex Reed, New York Observer.


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