August 5, 2016
Brooklyn gets another shout-out out when 13 year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies. His family pulls up stakes and travels across the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. At first displaced, Jake soon meets the affable Tony (Michael Barbieri) who lives with a single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) a dressmaker from Chile who rents her store from Jake’s parents—Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle).
Trouble ensues when Brian, a struggling actor and Kathy, a psychotherapist, demand a steep rent hike. A feud ignites. At first oblivious to the back biting parents, the young boys proceed in the beautiful sunlight of their friendship. But soon, their parents’ animosities creep into their playing field.
Directed by Ira Sachs, it sings of lost innocence and adults in turmoil.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis