108 minutes – Thriller
Release date: September 2, 2016
Canadian distributor: Entertainment One
Based on the novel by Liz Jensen, the story of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax centers on the boy in the title. It is his ninth birthday and Louis Drax’s (Aiden Longworth)mother (Sarah Gadon) plans a picnic for the family at Land’s End, a cliff on the sea shore. When the boy falls off the cliff and drowns, he’s clinically dead for two hours. Miraculously, he comes back to life, though he’s in a coma. Dr. Pascal (Jamie Dornan), an acclaimed neurologist, is drawn into the mystery of the young boy, who has survived eight near-death accidents in his life. When media reports are released saying the boy was pushed, fingers point towards his father (Aaron Paul), who’s believed to have a violent temper. Worried when the boy doesn’t come out of the coma, Dr. Pascal wonders if he’s waiting until he feels safe. With the help of a colleague (Oliver Platt) he uses scientific methods to connect his brain to Louis’ to find out the truth, and witnesses strange sights.
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is a UK-Canada-US co-production