The Space Between (film)

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The Space Between
The Space Between.jpg
Directed by Travis Fine
Produced by Kristine Fine
Travis Fine
Lynette Howell
Written by Travis Fine
Starring Melissa Leo
AnnaSophia Robb
Anthony Keyvan
Phillip Rhys
Hunter Parrish
Kyle Bornheimer
Kelli Williams
Don Franklin
Brett Cullen
Sayed Badreya
Music by Joey Newman
Cinematography Marc Shap
Edited by Tom Cross
TSB Films
Release date
  • April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • September 11, 2011 (2011-09-11) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The Space Between is a feature film written and directed by Travis Fine that premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a fictional account of a flight attendant who finds herself responsible for an unaccompanied minor on the morning of the September 11 attacks. It has won three film awards. It had its U.S. television premiere on the USA Network on Sunday, 11 September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Plot summary[edit]

Montine McLeod (Melissa Leo) is a flight attendant who gets stuck with nine-year-old Pakistani-American Omar Hassan (Anthony Keyvan) after their flight gets grounded in Longview, Texas, on the morning of 11 September 2001. Omar is an unaccompanied minor; in the chaos that ensues, Montine becomes his temporary guardian. Montine later discovers that Omar's father works in the World Trade Center. She decides to drive the boy home after he informs her his father is at home waiting for him in New York. On the journey, they begin to bond and learn more about each other. Montine makes a stop on the way to New York as she receives a call that her mother is dying. Upon arriving at her mother's house, she finds her mother already dead. After dealing with her mother's death, she continues on the road to take Omar home. When they get there, they learn Omar's father has not been home in the two days since the destruction of the Twin Towers. Later that night, Montine receives a call from her employer and is forced to bring Omar with her. At the ensuing meeting, Montine is terminated; Omar is taken from her and given to his school head master for the night before leaving for a new school the following day (the reason he was on the original flight). The day Omar is set to leave for Los Angeles, he locks himself in the bathroom and refuses to come out. Montine is asked to come; she coaxes Omar out of the bathroom and she walks him to his flight to Los Angeles.


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