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Special Award Berlin Intl Film Fest
Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Fest
Audience Award: Best Feature Film Sydney Film Fest
Most Popular Feature Film Melbourne Film Fest
Critics' Pick! "This unpretentious comic tale of a youngster's growing relationship with a long-absent father has a surprising rhythmic genius: joy juxtaposed with humiliation, silliness with sadness, fantasy with reality, and none of it formulaic" -New York Times
"Funny and touching... It's serious stuff, but with a veneer of cheeky comedy" -Washington Post
"Super-exuberant and super-affecting... [filmmaker Taika] Waititi makes good use of a seemingly casual, anything-goes style" -Wall Street Journal
½ "Like many child actors, [James
Rolleston] has a natural quality adults can only envy" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"Enormously likeable... recapture[s] the vulnerability and optimism of childhood without becoming twee or maudlin in the process" -Onion AV Club
Inspired by his Oscar-nominated short "Two Cars, One Night," Taika Waititi's
Boy is set in 1984 in a rural Maori community on the east coast of New
Zealand. At the center of the story is eleven year-old "Boy" (James
Rolleston), a high-spirited adolescent obsessed with American pop
cultureespecially Michael Jacksonand prone to particularly vivid fantasies
about his long-absent father (writer/director Waititi, Eagle vs Shark), whom
he imagines as an adventurous world traveler. When his father returns, Boy
discovers, instead, a lovable loser who has been serving a seven-year
sentence for robbery, and inveterate schemer whose daydreams are no more
grounded in reality than his son's.
Confronting the enormous contrast
between the father he longed for and the one he has, Boy crosses the
threshold into adulthood, proving himself both strong enough and smart
enough to live a better life than his dad's.
Incorporating dream sequences,
fantasies, and animated renderings of children's drawings come-to-life, the
film also boasts three elaborate musical numbers, based on Michael Jackson's
indelible music videos of the era, giving this award-winning film a
distinctive visual dimension that conveys the unique way in which Boy sees
the world. And don't miss the exuberant dance number at the film's end: a
Maori Haka-infused rendition of "Thriller"!
Directed by Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2011, 35mm, 87 mins.