The Polsky brothers' latest benefits greatly from their own personal experiences of that unyielding support network forged between brothers. It clearly reverberates throughout their work and is further strengthened by the fantastic lead performances. Hirsch is as solid as ever, but it's the hugely sympathetic Dorff who seriously impresses here. Managing to easily overcome the actual decade-plus age gap between himself and his screen brother, the actor cuts a deeply damaged and haunted figure, his permanently stricken gaze conscious of the fate which awaits him. The Motel Life is a downbeat affair packed with pathos, but it remains a thoroughly riveting and deeply poignant journey, with the protagonists' plight playing out like a stuttered road movie in search of an (seemingly) impossible end destination and cathartic resolution.