Sarah’s (Dianna Agron) life is as bland as the desert town she’s lived in her whole life. With a future devoid of any passion more inevitable with each passing day, she welcomes the sudden appearance of a sexy, spontaneous stranger named Pepper (Paz de la Huerta). Broke and on the run from a debt she cannot pay, Pepper insinuates herself into Sarah’s quiet life while introducing her to the thrill of drugs, sex, and spirituality. Quiet curiosity quickly develops into profound connection and Sarah finds herself abandoning her friends and family for Pepper’s intoxicating impulsiveness. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]
Pop culture scholar Andrew (Jason Sudeikis) comes to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the protective widow of an acclaimed singer. When the unlikely pair strike a deal to co-write a biography, Andrew finds himself clashing with a cast of locals, including Hannah’s hunky suitor (Joe Manganiello), and her loving but defensive parents (Blythe Danner, Richard Masur). When Hannah and Andrew’s stormy partnership blossoms into an unexpected connection, they face the possibility that the next chapter in their lives may involve each other.
A charismatic federal prosecutor and devoted family man whose political star is on the rise, Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson) appears to be en route to higher office. But what he thinks will be a “onetime thing” with a high-class escort service swiftly escalates into a reckless sexual compulsion. Facing ever-intensifying scrutiny as he is groomed for a U.S. Senate seat, Sam wrestles with the addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family, and career. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]