begins by introducing Jacob, an introverted, socially awkward boy who
shows a passion for art. Following the death of his grandfather, Jacob moves with his parents from Manhattan to the flat they've inherited in Brooklyn, and rapidly becomes friends with local boy Antonio. This newly-formed friendship is then put to the test by a lease dispute between the boys' respective parents (Antonio's mother owns a shop under the Jacob's family flat). It's through this disagreement that the adults descend to childlike behaviour that stands in stark contrast to the children’s own reaction.
Young actors Theo Taplitz (playing Jacob) and Michael Barbieri (playing Antonio) shine, their performances bringing light and humour to the
situation, their complicity obvious despite differences
in terms of upbringing and personality. Through their eyes we experience the troubles of teen life: fitting in with their peers, first
crushes, and life aspirations.
Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle do solid work as Jacob’s parents, ably dramatising the difficulties of bringing up a child whilst dealing with their own
conflicts. Their relationship is the vehicle for Sachs to explore themes of change, from shifting gender roles in modern society to one's adjusment to new environments and social relations. As Ehle's character says, ‘life is all
about being adaptable’. No one can predict what the future holds, something only reaffirmed by an ending that might seem perplexing and abrupt.
Sachs manages to make his story both touching and humorous, portraying with complexity a child’s perspective of adult problems and the unexpected turns in
|What||Little Men film review|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
23 Sep 16 – 23 Nov 16, Times vary
|Price||£determined by cinema|
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