Emilio Estevez directs and acts alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater and Michael K Williams in this heart-warming film about homeless people who occupy a library to escape freezing conditions.
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Estevez plays Stuart, a sympathetic librarian who each day deals with the large group of destitute people who come to the library to access the internet, apply for jobs and, crucially, stay out of the vicious Cincinnati cold. When the group, led by Jackson (Michael K. Williams, The Wire's Omar), insist that they will stay beyond closing time on a particularly icy night, Stuart agrees that it is an emergency and allows it. Soon, cops and ambitious politicians get involved and plan a raid to evict the occupiers.
Inspired by the notion that libraries have become far more than places to borrow books, Estevez (Bobby, The Way) has crafted a humane, funny and moving film about people choosing kindness over apathy.