Steve Butler is an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason, to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man, as well as the interest of a local woman. ‘Promised Land’ explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.
Dir. Gus Van Sant, US, 2012, 106 mins
Cast: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinki