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On their son Odell's 13the birthday, graphic artist Tom Warszaw finally confesses to his wife why he fled Greenwich Village, NYC at that age to Paris. As a schoolboy, naturally sensitive, considerate Tommy was best buddy with 'adult' half-wit Pappass, father Duncan's Catholic school's assistant janitor. Smothered by his dependent mother, a dumb orderly, Tommy got 'parental advice' from a women's prison inmate. Together with Pappas, he saves up tips from their butchery delivery rounds. One night, Pappas steals the bike they were saving for. Tommy tries to take the blame, but ends up expelled as if the instigator. Even more tragic consequences follow. Written by
House of D is a fine film with a lot of humor and many touching moments.
I saw a showing of it in Cambridge and, while it was not very well attended, the audience who was there seemed to enjoy it. There was a lot of laughter at appropriate moments and applause at the end. Also, the comments I overheard were all positive.
The movie isn't perfect, but the writing is so fresh and and powerful. It seems not enough good is being said about it, perhaps due to lack of courage to go against some of the important names, but what do I have to lose? I thought Tea Leone's performance was heartfelt and painfully accurate in her portrayal of a young mother who'd recently lost her husband.
Every shot of Erykha Badu was beautiful, as well. I never realized what an amazing face that woman has.
There were moments of sheer brilliance, in my opinion, that I won't spoil in this space. Moments where boyhood and manhood are juxtaposed and the struggle between the two physically hurts.
All in all, I felt it was very real, very touching, and very well done. The mixture of comedy and drama is as it is life, tied together with strands of reality.
I would recommend you go to see this film with an open heart and mind. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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