Director Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man) returns to Sundance with a tale that will speak to anyone who has ever felt insecure or misunderstood. In other words… everyone.
Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured.
Wonderfully enacted, perceptive, and honest, Terri perfectly captures the lonely life of an outcast. But we don’t pity or laugh at him; we relate to him. Remaining true to himself in the face of adversity, Terri becomes an unlikely hero. Filled with heart and humor, Terri is a comedy about feeling alone, and discovering there are others who feel the same way. –Sundance Film Festival
Azazel Jacobs, son of avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs, was born in 1972 and raised in New York’s lower Manhattan, where he was surrounded by important and innovative artists. He went to undergraduate school at the film department of SUNY Purchase and graduated in 1995. His thesis film, “Kirk and Kerry,” won Best Short film at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1997 and recently became part of the permanent collection at the Donnell NY Public Library. In 1999 he moved to Los Angeles to study in the directing program at The American Film Institute. While getting his Masters he made the experimental video “Nobody Needs To Know,” which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2003.
Two years later he premiered “The GoodTimesKid,” at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film was co-written with Gerardo Naranjo (director of “Drama/Mex” and the upcoming “Voy A Explotar”) who also starred alongside Azazel’s longtime girlfriend Sara Diaz. The super
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While I understand that "Terri" is focusing on themes of maturing, sexuality, popularity, bullying, and the loss of innocence, I found the picture to - in an overall sense - be sort of blah. I wasn't particularly attached to the young man playing Terri, not at all about the issue of weight. I felt the most compelling character was that of John C. Reilly, although his as well as the others were vastly underdeveloped.
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Azazel Jacobs has an acute eye for houses that, without ever crumbling the low-key naturalism of his narratives, can mutate from mere settings
Jacob Wysocki is the Michael Cera of misfits playing the title character in Terri, who is a young outcast in high school because of his weight and his dress. He wears pajamas “because they’re comfortable… read review