And Then I Go
Directed by Vincent Grashaw
In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death.
In the cruel world of junior high, two friends suffer in a state of anxiety and alienation. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release.
Cast: Arman Darbo, Sawyer Barth, Melanie Lynskey, Justin Long, Tony Hale, Carrie Preston, Melonie Diaz, Royalty Hightower, Michael Abbott Jr., Sean Bridgers
(Cont.) situation rather than the narrator giving access to his thought processing.
A cinematographer’s wet dream. It is like a professional filmmaker expounded his / her talents in all fields and aspects of the act in putting a film together. (Ex. Character build, lighting, sound effects, themes, etc.) A truly fantastic film, that needs to be spread, more-so for upcoming parents or new parents as a precaution as how large the ripple effect from their parenting can be. This is a new perspective looking through the eyes of confused and hurt kids. Only wish it would have gone further into the deeper layers of the mind of the boys. It seemed as if an outsider was looking in at the situation rather than the narrator giving access to his thought processing.
Excellent casting, Darbo and Barth have great chemistry as do Lynskey and Long (two of the most underrated actors around). Cinematography was where it needed to be. It's been a while since I've seen an American film's art department convince me the characters actually lived in the rooms used for the film, and I thank you for that. I would have like the story to go a bit more into the depths of the inner workings of boy's minds. But for the run time it worked.
Extremely thought provoking and real. A film with true feelings and a very compelling sense of reality in our current time.