Set in the 1970s, Free Ride stars Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (The Piano and HBO's True Blood) as a single mother who hastily moves to Florida with in search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape a tumultuous relationship. However, to make ends meet, she gets pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down.
Free Ride is an accomplished, gritty directorial debut, based on writer/director Shana Betz's life story, and delivers as both a provocative crime thriller as well as a powerfully rendered family portrait. Paquin's dynamic star turn and a vivid supporting cast, including Cam Gigandet and The Soprano's Drea De Matteo, help make Free Ride an unforgettable trip.
Directed by Shana Betz, U.S.A., 2013, 88 mins.Variety New York Times