30-something Mikey comes to New York on a business trip and stays in his parents’ downtown loft. When his consulting job is finished, instead of returning home to his wife and newborn, Mikey finds an excuse to stay on. And on.
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A new father getting a nervous breakdown when facing his responsibilities. As a father of young children the fear Mike is facing is recognizable. The way Mike, his wife and his parents are unable to express their feelings and to communicate makes their pain even more visible. Although a bit overlong this is a nice film about a man in transition.
Some wonderfully authentic moments in this film from the actors. The pace of the film tends to linger, sometimes beautifully and other times less so. All around, the film carries a distinct and original voice that is alluring.
I am glad I watched this film. It was slow and seemingly mundane - yet truly profound in so many ways. Nothing can prepare one for parenthood and I am not recommending his path, but I do think it was a journey he needed to take to become the Dad he needed to be. Loved the scene with his mom nurturing him like a baby - not many words spoken in this family yet visually explicit.
A New York City oddity, with a man in early middle age unable to leave the comfort of his parents' bohemian curio of an apartment, or his memories of a lost adolescence. Reminded me of Bunuel's Exterminating Angel, esp. when the pudgy lead, Mikey, is unable even to descend the stairs of his parent's house. The parents are played by director Jacob's own parents and seem fascinating enough to warrant their own doc.
Very quiet take on what happens when the weight of responsibility gets to be too much. Lots of poignant and tragicomic moments. I especially liked the scene in which Mikey slid down the stairs. I don't know if I bought the so-called cathartic scene(s); was it a mother's comforting touch or Dante trying to "sweat out the drugs" before his test to the lilting melodies of the Indigo Girls that spurred Mikey to man up.