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299 Ratings

Little Men

Directed by Ira Sachs
United States, 2016


About a new pair of best friends whose bond is tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.

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Little Men Directed by Ira Sachs

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Female

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Looking at the situation in “Little Men” is like looking through a prism: what you perceive depends on the angle. It is reminiscent of Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” a similar story of the clash of two families from different backgrounds and classes… [But] “Little Men” is extremely powerful in its own right, with its devotion to its characters’ differing perspectives so refreshing in an increasingly black-and-white world.
August 05, 2016
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The juicy, well-integrated collision of social strata is as specific to [Chekhov’s Russia in The Seagull] as Sachs and Zacharias’s rendering is to the borough in which the film is set amidst the lengthy labor pains that necessarily accompany contemporary gentrification. Viva la huelga!
August 05, 2016
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Superbly acted, this is a quietly perceptive film that focuses on a moment at which lives come together, change, and move apart. There’s a certain no-big-deal quality to Little Men and to Sachs’s intentions which is immensely appealing. And at this point in the commercial fortunes of mainstream cinema, it’s worth being reminded that—given the current pressures to be demonstrative, sometimes wildly overdemonstrative—taking the no-big-deal approach can be quite a significant deal in itself.
August 05, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Little Men

    Digital. Sachs confined himself to the role of a modest narrator of more or less uplifting stories of tenderness and respect for characters, well structured and composed (magnificent Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz). Often, in the same frame, there is focus and blur according to the character who speaks, which is an uninteresting practice of film grammar. Anyway, again, far from is admirable first feature film.

  • Jason's rating of the film Little Men

    Real art. We might be used to the subject matter. Definitely firmly planted on established ground. But this is unabashedly elegant filmmaking. Elegant is absolutely my word for Sachs' meticulous formal vision. Elegant, elegant, elegant. And deft handling of politicized subjects relating to gentrification, privilege, and ethnicity. Human complexity and shades of grey. Empathic score helps deliver considerable emotion.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Little Men

    A fraught, moving domestic drama that explores the complexities of community, class and friendship. The potential of the two main protagonists, friends on the cusp of adolescence with clear intellectual potential and a flair for acting, act as the beating heart of the film as overseers of their parents' conflicts and clashing politics. Well worth a watch.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Little Men

    Ira has his heart and adult actors in the right place (Paulina Garcia on her own deserved five stars) but I just couldn't stand those fucking kids. Argh.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Little Men

    “Little Men” is a thoughtful, humane, and well-acted film that validates Ira Sachs as a grounded character-builder and one of the most interesting directors of the modern American cinema.

  • Pipim's rating of the film Little Men

    4 étoiles pour Brooklyn Village qui clôture la trilogie new-yorkaise. 3 portraits de couple, de trois générations différentes. Le meilleur restant à mon avis, Keeps the light on, dont les préoccupations économiques s'effacent au profit de ce qui est au coeur de son cinéma: qu'est-ce qui réunit deux êtres ? Qu'est-ce qui perdure au gré du temps ?

  • Renton47's rating of the film Little Men

    Unfavourably programmed by MIFF for just after 'In Jackson Heights', which really made the more objectionable justification for gentrification stand out. I love coming of age stories, and the little men are both great, with the best scenes usually just them and music playing. The adults thing is fine but flat, and Kinnear seems to be going through the dullest mid career crisis. Certainly inoffensive, but unremarkable

  • Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film Little Men

    7.7/10 "Sending out a well-meaning message of “letting go the past”, Sachs’ LITTLE MEN is the whole package, a school of hard knocks for an adolescent, a critical looking into the miasma of gentrification and a hyperreal examination of ordinary beings’ interrelations. " my full review -

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