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84 Ratings

Morris from America

Directed by Chad Hartigan
Germany, United States, 2016
Drama, Romance


The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

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Morris from America Directed by Chad Hartigan

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Special Jury Prize)

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Supporting Male

National Board of Review

2016 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

Stylishly telling a slim story in subtle fashion, without surrendering to narrative or formal small-mindedness, Hartigan maintains the same benevolent, low-key depiction of turbulent events as he did in 2013’s This Is Martin Bonner. This film may present a more commonly told story, tracing it out along many of the same rhythms and beats as similarly toned Sundance brethren, but the emotional space it carves out is ultimately uniquely its own.
August 15, 2016
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The film is perhaps most inspiring for featuring one of cinema’s most touching father-and-son relationships in quite a while, with Curtis looking after his son with a mixture of tough love and genuine warm-hearted sympathy.
June 20, 2016
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Robinson brings nuance and humour to his role as Morris’ sensitive single father, but I found his performance unable to mask the awkward way the film uses its German setting in a transparent bid to make the most of European co-funding.
June 16, 2016
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