After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late and away from his kids, Lenny, 34 with graying frazzled hair, picks his kids up from school. Every year he spends a couple of weeks with his sons Sage, 9, and Frey, 7. Lenny juggles his kids and everything else all within a midtown studio apartment in New York City. He ultimately faces the choice of being their father or their friend all with the idea that these two weeks must last 6 months. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, “magic” blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives. The film is a swan song to excuses and responsibilities; to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it’s like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult.—IMDb
As one of the more unusual independent film success stories during the mid- to late 2000s, Josh Safdie grew up in a Manhattan home with a New Yorker mother and a cinema-obsessed European father, who translated his love of filmmaking to Josh and his brother by constantly filming them. In his teens, Josh founded an eight-member production collective called Red Bucket Films, then formally enrolled in the film production program at Boston University.
Safdie and company produced a number of shorts under the Red Bucket imprimatur, such as the twin 2007 efforts The Back of Her Head and We’re Going to the Zoo, but took a step up in profile and recognition thanks to Josh’s meeting (via a mutual acquaintance, video artist Casey Neistadt) with the handbag entrepreneur Andy Spade, co-founder of Kate Spade Handbags. At the time, Safdie wanted to obtain funding for a feature entitled Yeah, Get On My Shoulders; Spade agreed on the condition that Safdie first direct a… read more
What with Cannes and all, this roundup of what the critics are saying about the films opening this weekend is a day late, but at least
Sad tale of a father who loves his kids, gets custody for only two weeks a year, and fails miserably at being a father during those two weeks. He doesn’t do anything to intentionally harm them or put… read review