Little Pink House

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Little Pink House
Little Pink House poster.jpg
Directed byCourtney Moorehead Balaker
Produced byCourtney Moorehead Balaker
Ted Balaker
Arielle Boisvert
Joel Soisson
Written byCourtney Moorehead Balaker
StarringCatherine Keener
Music byScott McRae
Ryan Rapsys
CinematographyAlexandre Lehmann
Edited bySoojin Chung
Korchula Productions
Distributed byDada Films
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Little Pink House is a 2017 American-Canadian biographical drama film written and directed by Courtney Moorehead Balaker and starring Catherine Keener as Susette Kelo.[1] It is based on the events related to Kelo v. City of New London, a U.S. Supreme Court case in which Kelo unsuccessfully sued the city of New London, Connecticut, for its controversial use of eminent domain.[2]


A small-town paramedic named Susette Kelo emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on seizing the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation. Ambitious academic Dr. Charlotte Wells, president of the fictional "Walthrop College" (in real life, Connecticut College President Claire Gaudiani) persuades the current governor (John G. Rowland, unnamed in the movie) that this could help his public image by increasing tax revenue for the poor. Susette's battle goes all the way to the US Supreme Court and the controversial 5-4 decision in Kelo vs. City of New London gave government officials the power to bulldoze a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation. The decision outraged Americans across the political spectrum, and that passion fueled reforms that helped curb eminent domain abuse.



On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83%, based on 24 reviews, and an average rating of 6.4/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

A bipartisan congressional screening of the film was held at the U.S. Capitol.[6]

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  • Winner, Audience Choice Award, Vail Film Festival
  • Winner, Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award, Heartland Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Feature, Rainier Independent Film Festival
  • Winner, Grand Prize, Anthem Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Narrative, Anthem Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Original Score, Anthem Film Festival


Pull Quotes[edit]

Little Pink House is the sort of must-see movie that is rarely made in Hollywood ... And it’s all the more important not to miss by offering outstanding creative skill while speaking truth to power.”

Star Tribune[7]

“Unmistakable timeliness … Excellent performances. Brings urgency to a fascinating, underexplored theme … The bottom line—it hits a nerve.”

The Hollywood Reporter[8]

“It’s an entertaining movie, but to an extent it’s also a public service, in that it persuades the audience to think about an issue it might never have previously considered.”

San Francisco Chronicle[9]

"Like Erin Brockovich for eminent domain"

The Village Voice[10]


  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (3 February 2017). "'Little Pink House' Santa Barbara Fest Clip: Don't Mess With Catherine Keener". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ Lewis, Hilary (18 January 2017). "First Athena List Film 'Little Pink House' to Open 2017 Edition of Female-Focused Festival (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ Farber, Stephen (6 February 2017). "'Little Pink House': Film Review; Santa Barbara 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Little Pink House (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Little Pink House Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lawmakers to View Eminent Domain Film 'Little Pink House' at U.S. Capitol". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  7. ^ "Mini reviews of 'Little Pink House,' ' Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami' and 'Love After Love'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  8. ^ "'Little Pink House': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  9. ^ LaSalle, Mick (2018-04-19). "Catherine Keener fights to save her 'Little Pink House' from a grab by bureaucrats". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. ^ ""Little Pink House" Is Like "Erin Brockovich" for Eminent Domain". Retrieved 2019-01-08.