Little Men

Little Men

Ira Sachs (2016)

81min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Booming property prices drive the narrative in this indie drama from co-writer/director Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange). When jobbing actor Greg Kinnear moves his family into his late father's apartment in Brooklyn, he also becomes landlord of the ground floor retail unit occupied by a Chilean dressmaker (Paulina García). Her gregarious teenage son (Michael Barbieri) soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Kinnear's boy, a rather arty outsider (Theo Taplitz), yet souring negotiations over a new lease agreement causes the two lads to take common cause against their bickering parents. What sounds like a small-scale affair is actually filled with insights about the economic pressures that divide households and how the world-weary attitudes of older generations impinge on their children's crucial formative years. The portrayal of the adolescents - two very different young men in the making - is particularly well-observed, while the underrated Kinnear shines as the dad doing his best while mired in his own disappointments. Rich, thoughtful and affecting, this is absolute top quality film-making.

Summary

A 13-year-old boy recovering from the death of his grandfather befriends the son of a Chilean woman, who rents a dress shop from his parents. When the rent on the shop is increased, it creates a bitter feud between the two families, and the boys respond by taking a vow of silence to pressure their parents into backing down. Drama, starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle.

Cast & Crew

Brian Jardine Greg Kinnear
Kathy Jardine Jennifer Ehle
Leonor Calvelli Paulina García
Jake Jardine Theo Taplitz
Tony Calvelli Michael Barbieri
Audrey Talia Balsam
Hernan Alfred Molina
Arkadina Yolonda Ross
Director Ira Sachs
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeGuidance: Some violence and swearing.Released on: 23 Sep 2016
Drama