Drama film “The Good Lie” by Philippe Falardeau

Theatrical premiere: October 3, 2014
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, and Sarah Baker

Drama film "The Good Lie" by Philippe Falardeau

The Good Lie

Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Screenwriter: Margaret Nagle

They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film Monsieur Lazhar) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel, some of whom were also children of war.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. When an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to assume the role of Chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, away from harm. But the hostile, treacherous terrain has other dangers in store for them. As the tattered group makes the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, they meet other fleeing children, forging a bond with Jeremiah, who, at 13, is already a man of faith, and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival.

Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.

Although Carrie has successfully kept herself from any emotional entanglements, these refugees, who desperately require help navigating the 21st century and rebuilding their shattered lives, need just that. So Carrie embarks on her own unchartered territory, enlisting the help of her boss, Jack (Corey Stoll).

Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys and these unlikely strangers find humor in the clash of cultures, and heartbreak as well as hope in the challenges of life in America.

Along with Witherspoon, the film stars Arnold Oceng (My Brother the Devil, Adulthood), Ger Duany (I Heart Huckabees), rapper Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel, all of whom are of Sudanese descent. Rounding out the main cast are Sarah Baker as Faith Based Charities volunteer Pamela Lowi; and, as the younger Lost Boys, Peterdeng Mongok, Okwar Jale, Thon Kueth, Beng Ajuet and Kejo Jale, all of whom are children of Sudanese refugees.

“The Good Lie” Cast in Stills

Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis

Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Arnold Oceng as Mamere

Arnold Oceng as Mamere in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Ger Duany as Jeremiah

Ger Duany as Jeremiah in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Emmanuel Jal as Paul

Emmanuel Jal as Paul in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Corey Stoll as Jack

Corey Stoll as Jack in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Sarah Baker as Pamela Lowi

Sarah Baker as Pamela Lowi in "The Good Lie" (2014)

Kuoth Wiel as Abital

Kuoth Wiel as Abital in "The Good Lie" (2014)

And also:

Thad Luckinbill as Matt
Sharon Conley as Erin Sullivan
Mike Pniewski as Nick Costas
Joshua Mikel as Dave

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Alcon Entertainment
Imagine Entertainment
Black Label Media
Reliance Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures