USA/UK, 2007, 107 minutes, Narrative
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily Tomlin, Willem Dafoe
We are honored to raise the curtain on the 5th Idaho International Film Festival with The Walker, the new work writer/director
Paul Schrader (Mishima, Raging Bull, Affliction, Taxi Driver). The final film in his “lonely man”
trilogy (that began with American Gigolo in 1980 and continued in 1992’s Light Sleeper) stars Woody Harrelson,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, and screen legend Lauren Bacall.
Schrader’s latest tale of moral redemption is a mystery-thriller set in contemporary Washington, D.C. that centers on Carter Page
(Harrelson), a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol’s leading
ladies. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country
to attend to their wives, they turn to their “gay best friend,” Carter, for warmth, wit, and wisdom.
His loyalty is tested when his dearest friend (Scott Thomas) finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her
reputation and her husband’s career. Offering to cover for her, Carter suppresses incriminating evidence, only to find himself the
chief suspect in a criminal investigation. Suddenly, this well-connected man-about-town is a pariah, hounded by the police and forced
to find the true culprit and clear his name. More importantly, he must re-examine whether it is important to be accepted by a society
based on betrayal, hypocrisy, and corruption.