Picturehouse Podcast co-host Sam Clements talks to director Ira Sachs about his new film Little Men, in cinemas from 23 September.
Director: Ira Sachs.
Starring: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri. USA/Greece 2016. 85 mins.
Set in New York, this charming coming-of-ager is a tender tale of teenage friendship. Brooklyn boys Jake and Tony (impressive newcomers Taplitz and 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 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.