John Slattery’s directorial debut “God’s Pocket” doubled as a part of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting farewell (“A Most Wanted Man” is set for release later this summer). “God’s Pocket,” based on a Pete Dexter novel of the same name, premiered at Sundance this year, and is now available on VOD and in limited release.
In this clip, exclusively released to The Playlist, Mickey, played brilliantly by Hoffman, pitches a sure thing bet on a horse to his friend played by John Turturro. The film, which is set in a fictional Pennsylvania suburb, winds through the experiences of an ensemble of characters after the death of a young man. Christina Hendricks plays the distraught mother who has lost her son and Hoffman her husband who attempts to keep the details of the matter a secret until a reporter (Richard Jenkins) comes snooping for the truth.