Brooklyn Boys

Little Men directed by Ira Sachs (USA) 2016 premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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It follows the developing relationship of two young boys in a Brooklyn neighborhood as well as the increasingly difficult interactions between their parents. While their own world revolves around shared creative interests, academic responsibilities, and play, the adults must deal with the hard economic realities dominating many American cities.

Money and real estate in a changing residential area are the major obstacles dividing the adults. However it’s not a simple matter of greed and heartless property owners taking advantage of less fortunate individuals. Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias present a more nuanced situation and sensitive treatment of the entire development.

Jake, a somewhat shy boy with artistic potential, and Tony, an outgoing boy who dreams of becoming an actor, are very real. As are Jake’s parents: Michael, a struggling actor, and Kathy, a working psychotherapist. Also Tony’s mother Leonor, a dressmaker being priced-out of her longtime shop.

New York City, where director Sachs lives with his husband and their two daughters, is beautifully captured

The film opened today at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and IFC Center 5, New York. Additional opening dates this month include: 12 August 2016 at Royal, Los Angeles; Clay Theatre, San Francisco and Avalon 2, Washington. 19 August 2016 at Sundance Cinemas, Seattle and Camelview at Fashion Square, Scottsdale. 26 August 2016 at Century Centre Cinema, Chicago; Angelika Film Center, Dallas; and CCA Cinematheque, Santa Fe.

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