to start, this is one terrific film. i have always held that the 'happy childhood' is a shuck sold by hypocrites and blind midgets to folk afraid to disagree with their betters.
i recognize this family absolutely, and i am betting many others will as well, because the people in it are not all that unusual or rare. i was a bit put off by the netflix description: "a troubled young man trying to come to terms with his abusive hardscrabble upbringing." what a load of bunk; i truly think this comes damn close to how many of us were raised, and it wasn't hardscrabble - it was middle class.
the viewpoint shifts in and out as the audience gets talked to directly some of the time, but i didn't find there to be any confusion. it is masterfully presented, smooth as the proverbial baby's butt. all the actors realize their roles with aplomb. they are the parts they play.
get it and see it. you may not like it at all, but give it a chance. there is a lot of pain in the truth here. don e.
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