Tuesday, April 19, 2016

James White (2015)

Director: Josh Mond. Cast: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Ron Livingston. 85 min. Rated R. Drama.

An intimate portrait of the relationship between a troubled young New Yorker and his terminally-ill mother. And when I say "intimate", it's literally photographic: almost the entire movie is filmed in close-up of the son's face (except for a segment in Mexico, where the son is away from his mother, and therefore filmed in long-shot). As a result, we experience the pain he is going through, up close and personal. With all its innovations and awards, watching someone's pain in such detail is not something I would recommend to anybody, or want to experience again.

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