Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
The story of how a boy was abandoned by his mother and how he, later, abandoned her. The year he'll be 14, the parents of Augusten Burroughs (1965- ) divorce, and his mother, who thinks of herself as a fine poet on the verge of fame, delivers him to the eccentric household of her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. During that year, Augusten avoids school, keeps a journal, and practices cosmetology. His mother's mental illness worsens, he takes an older lover, he finds friendship with Finch's younger daughter, and he's the occasional recipient of gifts from an unlikely benefactor. Can he survive to come of age? Written by
I am such a fan of the book RWS, and I couldn't wait for the movie to come out. I was not disappointed! (I have seen it twice already.) The movie was marvelously true to the book. Joseph Cross as Augusten was wonderful. In fact, all the actors were great. Seeing Annette Bening and Jill Clayburgh playing interesting "middle-aged" characters without the use of Botox was refreshing. Joseph Fiennes as Bookman was scary and sexy all at the same time. Dr. Finch was, well... see the movie.
Joseph Cross was perfect as a young Augusten. He appeared bright and wise for his age, and at the same time insecure and afraid. His ability to portray genuine emotion in the midst of such insanity was superb. He seemed at times as though he too was just an observer, as though he could not believe this was actually his life. We have not seen the last of Joseph Cross.
I predict Oscar nominations for Bening and Cross, as well as Best Picture, Best Director.
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