U.S., 2016, 85 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Ira Sachs, Rated PG, Magnolia Pictures
"Sachs' approach is so humane, and his characters so fully rendered, that an agenda never announces itself; instead, Sachs' worldview seeps into you. He's that skilled a film-maker." - Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian
When 13-year-old Jake's (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There, Jake meets the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina García), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon Jake's parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) - one, a struggling actor, the other a psychotherapist - ask Leonor to sign a new lease on her store, one she cannot afford. At first Jake and Tony don't seem to notice storm clouds looming overhead, but soon enough, the adult tension intrudes upon the borders of their friendship. Directed by Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep The Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue) with his trademark humanism and insight, Little Men highlights the New York City landscape with a story of life-defining friendships in the midst of familial turmoil. It's a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won't change the world, but it does understand it - far more insightfully than the formula blockbusters at the mall.