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Despite some hostile reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” is moving full steam ahead with an emotional marketing campaign that puts the life and death battle for love front and center.
Based on a true story, the film stars recent Oscar winner Julianne Moore as New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, who falls in love with car mechanic Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) before being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Fearing for her partner’s future, Laurel appeals the county’s board of chosen freeholders with the hopes of ensuring her pension benefits will be passed on to Stacie.
With an emotional and timely story, plus the involvement of more Oscar nominees like Michael Shannon and Steve Carrell, “Freeheld” has all the makings of a worthwhile tearjerker. Check out the new trailer above.