Low Down (2014)

Director
Jeff Preiss

Main cast
John Hawkes; Elle Fanning; Glenn Close; Peter Dinklage; Lena Headey

Genres
Drama, Music

Description
The daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany witnesses her beloved father's struggle -- and failure -- to kick his heroin habit.


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