Handsomely mounted neo-noir crime movie, the culmination of a 20 year passion project for writer, director and star Edward Norton, based on the 1999 book of the same name by Jonathan Lethem.
Set during a chilly late autumn in 50’s New York, where a knockabout private detective with Tourette syndrome, grieving the death of his mentor and only friend, vows to figure out the truth behind his murder.
Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
A juicy, old fashioned mood piece with frequent historical and political insights into the darker side of America’s post-war optimism.
“Motherless Brooklyn is the sort of risk-taking effort that deserves kudos whether it works or not. As it happens, this lengthy film-noir labour of love by writer, director and star Edward Norton, is well worth the ride.” ~ Jim Slotek, Original-Cin.