Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road is the compelling new dramatic thriller from two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, Reservation Road follows two fathers as their families and lives converge.
On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix), his wife Grace (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly), and their daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh (Sean Curley) is playing cello – beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever.
On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) and his 11-year-old son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing – and, hopefully, headed for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon (Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino), Dwight heads toward his fateful encounter at Reservation Road.
The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan – the only witness – is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives.
A Focus Features and Random House Films presentation of a Nick Wechsler/Miracle Pictures production in association with Volume One Entertainment. A Film by Terry George. Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino. Reservation Road. Casting by Amanda Mackey, C.S.A. and Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, C.S.A. Music Supervisors, Budd Carr and Nora Felder. Music by Mark Isham. Costume Designer, Catherine George. Editor, Naomi Geraghty. Production Designer, Ford Wheeler. Director of Photography, John Lindley, ASC. Executive Producers, Dean M. Leavitt, Gina Resnick. Produced by Nick Wechsler, A. Kitman Ho. Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz. Screenplay by John Burnham Schwartz and Terry George. Directed by Terry George. A Focus Features Release.