Watch The Poker House
- 1 hr 33 min
The film is written and directed by actress, writer and director Lori Petty. It is the autobiographical story of her life growing up in a dysfunctional environment. The film focuses on the life of fourteen year old Agnes and her two sisters. Agnes' mother gets up enough courage to take her children and leave an abusive situation. Their mother struggles to make ends meet, and turns to prostitution. Her pimp gets her addicted to drugs and alcohol and her life spirals downward. Their home becomes a house where prostitutes frequent and poker games are held all the time. Agnes works hard at school to get good grades, holding down two jobs while trying to protect her two younger sisters from her mother. Her mother's pimp beats her mother on a regular basis and takes all of the money she earns. She gives it freely, convinced that he loves her. Agnes and her sisters try to stay out of the way. The youngest sister tries to stay at friends homes where she can get something to eat. One day without warning the pimp violently rapes Agnes. Agnes reaches out to her mother for help, but gets no response. The pimp has plans to sell Agnes as a prostitute. After a failed attempt to shoot the pimp, her mother tells her that she will defend the pimp no matter what, even if it means giving up her daughter. Angry and hurt, Agnes attends her basketball game and scores the winning baskets. Agnes leaves the game to find her sisters. Not telling them that she was raped, the three sisters go out to dinner and enjoy the evening without bringing up any bad memories. Agnes eventually leaves for New York to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and to get away from the violent life she has led.