The Road Within (2014)

On the road. Bit a little bit off.

Vincent, a young man with Tourette’s syndrome, faces drastic changes after his mother dies. Because his politician father is too ashamed of the disorder to have Vincent accompany him on the campaign, Vincent is shuttled off to an unconventional clinic. There he finds unexpected community with an obsessive-compulsive roommate and an anorexic young woman, and romance eventually follows. The film is packed with a talented ensemble, from emerging talents Zoë Kravitz, Dev Patel and Robert Sheehan to beloved veterans Kyra Sedgwick & Robert Patrick.


Dev as: Alex
Directed by: Gren Wells
Written by: Florian David Fitz & Gren Wells
Other cast: Robert Sheehan (Vincent), Zoe Kravitz (Marie), Kyra Sedgwick (Dr. Mia Rose), & Robert Patrick (Robert)
Release Date: June 18, 2014 (Los Angeles Film Festival) | April 17, 2015 (USA)
Runtime: 100 min
Boxoffice: Not Available
Critical Acclaim: 31% Rotten Tomatoes | 31 Meta Critics Score

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Production Notes

After his mother’s death Vincent (Robert Sheehan) a teenager with Tourettes is enrolled in a behavioural facility by his father. While there he rooms with Alex (Dev Patel) a Brit with obsessive compulsive disorder and meets Marie (Zoë Kravitz) who is in recovery for an eating disorder.

After a child films Vincent with his cellphone and Vincent attacks him, he and Marie are called into Dr. Rose’s office where she chastizes them and Marie steals her car keys. When Alex discovers Marie and Vincent running away in the middle of the night he attempts to warn Dr. Rose and is kidnapped by them. The three of them head towards the ocean where Vincent hopes to scatter his mother’s ashes. However Vincent does not remember the exact location of the beachside trip he and his mother made years ago. The trio finally settle on Santa Cruz as their destination.

Dr. Rose informs Vincent’s father, Robert, that his son has gone missing and rather than allow the police to apprehend them, she and Robert attempt to track them down. When they finally reach the ocean Marie collapses before they can reach the water. Marie is hospitalized and while there, the three are reunited with Dr. Rose and Robert. Marie, who is being force fed and has been restrained asks Vincent to run away with her but Vincent refuses. Instead he has a conversation with his father, who apologizes for treating him poorly and decides to stay in Santa Cruz so he can be near Marie. Rather than leave with Dr. Rose, Alex decides to stay with him.

The Road Within is a 2014 American film written and directed by Gren Wells. The film is a remake of the 2010 German film, Vincent Wants to Sea. The film premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and was picked up by Well Go USA Entertainment and given a theatrical release in April of 2015.