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
I don't agree with the previous reviewer. The lead actor's looks may be attractive but in no way does that mean anything when you're an awkward young teen. It all has to do with the character's lack of confidence and emotional frailty. You can be beautiful and be seriously depressed, awkward and an unpopular kid in school. Not only was this kid bullied, but he lacked any confidence to stand up to the one boy who he considered his only friend. Who he knew was harmful to him but, like an abused animal, kept going back to him. I totally believed that a child like this could have loving parents and supportive teachers etc. The only thing the parents could have done is put him in therapy, not a guidance councilor's office. But sadly this felt like a very real portrait of a boy who is severely depressed and feels like there is no where to turn. The actor was brilliant and subtle. A heart breaking but important film.
Arman’s a good little actor but looks like an Abercrombie and Fitch model. I did not buy him in this role.....far too nice looking.....he would’ve had teenage girls throwing themselves at him ALL the time. And where there’s girls.....there’s boys. He would’ve had many guy friends hanging around (if only to pick up his leftovers) and wouldn’t have been so heavily influenced by Flake. Not his fault of course, castings fault. I did not believe his character either ........ I think the parents and teachers were far too loving and involved, and he showed so much love and concern for his brother and tiny little friend for the story to be believable. That being said, I still enjoyed it.
(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.