After a year of bouncing around the festival circuit, the offbeat road-trip dramedy The Road Within is finally getting a theatrical release. The film stars Robert Sheehan as Vincent, a bright young man with Tourette’s syndrome who is shipped off to an unconventional clinic after his mother passes away. There, he befriends his obsessive compulsive roommate (Dev Patel), and a feisty fellow patient who suffers from anorexia (Zoë Kravitz).
The film hit close to home for Kravitz, who recently opened up about her own struggle with anorexia while she was preparing to shoot.
“It was f–ked up, man. You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary,” she told Complex. ”[Now] I feel like something has left my body, like some part of me is gone now, something that was making me so insecure. And it feels amazing.”
In this exclusive clip from the film, Kravitz shares a moment with her new friends as they journey across the country to spread Vincent’s mother’s ashes at sea. If this heartwarming exchange is any indication of what we can expect when the film is released April 17, then The Road Within will be an important step towards removing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Watch the clip below.