Previously at the ICA - Films
23 Sep 2016 – 6 Oct 2016
Set in New York, this charming coming-of-ager is a tender tale of teenage friendship. Brooklyn boys Jake and Tony (impressive newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri) become best pals when Jake’s parents, Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle), move into the apartment above the shop run by Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina García, Gloria). Director Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) beautifully observes the boys’ time together, allowing their friendship to flourish organically. But inevitably, trouble arises. The shop was leased from Brian’s late father, and when Brian discovers that Leonor is paying far below the market rent, he sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to rip the boys apart.
This nostalgic but never sentimental look at childhood is also a story about how innocence is often punctured by the complexities of grown-up life. Subtle and telling, the result is a gem.
Little Men, dir. Ira Sachs, USA/Greece 2016, 85 mins.