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Being Flynn

USA, 2012

Prod.: Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Michael Costigan
Scr.: Paul Weitz (based on Nick Flynn’s memoirs)
Phot.: Declan Quinn
Music: Badly Drawn Boy
Cast: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi, Julianne Moore
Distributor: Big Bang Media
102 mins
Nick Flynn is a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody, and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn has long defined himself as a great writer. After abandoning his wife and child, Jonathan scrapes through life on his own terms, and ends up serving time in prison for cashing forged checks. After prison, he drives a cab for a number of years, but with his drinking and eccentricities now accelerating, he loses his job. Suddenly facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan impulsively reaches out to Nick, but as quickly as he materialized, he flits away again. Moving on, Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter, where one night, Jonathan arrives, seeking a bed.

Evocatively told, ruefully funny, and moving in its depiction of the ties that bind, Being Flynn tells a story that reveals universal truths.




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