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Go Get Some Rosemary -- Every year, free-spirited father Lenny spends a couple of weeks with his young sons, Sage and Frey. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, "magic" blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives.
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Writers:
Joshua Safdie (written by)
Ben Safdie (written by)
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Release Date:
28 April 2010 (France) See more »
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After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late and away from his kids, Lenny... See more » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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The troubling virtues of irresponsibility See more (3 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ronald Bronstein ... Lenny
Alex Greenblatt ... Alex
Sage Ranaldo ... Sage Sokol
Frey Ranaldo ... Frey Sokol
Victor Puccio ... Principal Puccio
Lance 'Batman' Chamberlain ... Vietnam Vet #1
Baker Suitson ... Vietnam Vet #2
Peter Cramer ... Cruiser at 'Y'
Eleonore Hendricks ... Leni
Sean Price Williams ... Dale (as Sean Williams)

Dakota Goldhor ... Roberta
Jonny Napalm ... Guy in Bar (as Johnny Napalm)
Simone Parker ... Bartender
Aren Topdijian ... Aren (Boyfriend) (as Aren Topdjian)
Danny Callahan ... Tow Truck Driver
Firas Al-Ramahi ... Firas
Van Neistat ... Boat Driver
Larry Pelton ... Terry
Miranda LaPrelle ... Miranda (as Miranda LaPrella)
Emma Peleg ... Miranda's Friend
Seth Fleischaner ... Sage's Teacher
Andrew Stole ... Frey's Teacher
Ben Munis Roberts ... Know-It-All
Fletcher Kern ... Fletcher
Tristan Hughes-Freeland ... Tristan

Abel Ferrara ... Robber
Djoume Traore ... Djumé
Betty Gisoros ... Djumé's Mom
Leah Singer ... Paige (Mom)
Salvatore Sansone ... Salvie (as Salvie Sansone)
Wayne Chin ... Rick
Jake Braff ... Jake
Tuyen Truong ... Waiter
Ted Barron ... Jeff

Joshua Safdie ... Chris (as Josh Safdie)
Steven Sclaroff ... The Doctor
Mike Kosem ... Leni's Neighbor
Lance de los Reyes ... Rambo
Gregory Hondros ... Cop #1 (as Greg Hondros)
Nick Poe ... Cop
Alex Kalman ... Cop (as A. Kalman)
Thomas Hinninger ... Cop (Precinct)
John Boyd ... Inmate
Boogie ... Inmate
John Weisgerber ... Mosquito
Casey Neistat ... Cat Burgler
Lee Ranaldo ... Stepfather
Carmen Pizarro ... Carmen
Marc Raybin ... Mark
Frank Serrano ... Truck Driver
Steve Davis ... Guy in Truck
Jonel Teodorescu ... Tram Attdt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Booch O'Connell ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ben Safdie  (as Benny Safdie)
Joshua Safdie  (as Josh Safdie)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Bronstein  with more from
Ben Safdie  written by (as Benny Safdie)
Joshua Safdie  written by (as Josh Safdie)

Produced by
Sophie Dulac .... co-producer
Eleonore Hendricks .... associate producer (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Brett Jutkiewicz .... co-producer
Sam Lisenco .... co-producer
Charles Merzbacher .... associate producer
Casey Neistat .... producer
Tom Scott .... producer
Andy Spade .... executive producer
Zachary Treitz .... co-producer (as Zach Treitz)
Matthew Davis Walker .... associate producer (as Matt Walker)
Michel Zana .... co-producer: Sophie Dulac Productions
Ben Safdie .... co-producer (uncredited)
Joshua Safdie .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Brett Jutkiewicz 
Joshua Safdie  (as Josh Safdie)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Bronstein 
Brett Jutkiewicz 
Ben Safdie  (as Benny Safdie)
Joshua Safdie  (as Josh Safdie)
 
Production Design by
Sam Lisenco 
 
Art Direction by
Ariel Schulman 
 
Production Management
Zachary Treitz .... supervisor: The Paper Tornado Day
Stephen Valand .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Sage Ranaldo .... artist: comic, The Paper Tornado Day
 
Sound Department
Evan Mangiamele .... post sound
Evan Mangiamele .... sound designer
Ben Safdie .... on-set sound (as Benny Safdie)
Ben Safdie .... sound designer (as Benny Safdie)
Zachary Treitz .... foley
Zachary Treitz .... on-set sound
 
Special Effects by
Sebastian Bear-McClard .... blower: The Paper Tornado Day
Sam Lisenco .... blower: The Paper Tornado Day
Andrew Luchero .... special effects
Harry McNally .... blower: The Paper Tornado Day
Ariel Schulman .... blower: The Paper Tornado Day
Robert Waltzer .... blower: The Paper Tornado Day
John Weisgerber .... special effects: mosquito
 
Stunts
Casey Neistat .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Williams .... extra cameraman: The Paper Tornado Day
 
Casting Department
Eleonore Hendricks .... additional casting (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Alex Kalman .... additional casting
 
Editorial Department
Eli Friedman .... color
 
Transportation Department
Henry Joost .... driver: picture car
Alex Kalman .... provider: Terry's boat
Van Neistat .... provider: Terry's boat
Yaniv Schulman .... driver: tracking car
Zachary Treitz .... driver: tracking car (as Zach Treitz)
 
Other crew
Nelvy Cestero .... infinite help: school
Seth Fleischhauer .... infinite help: school
Alison Hazut .... infinite help: school
Eleonore Hendricks .... coordinator: school (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Eleonore Hendricks .... food: school (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Eleonore Hendricks .... locations (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Katie Hickman .... comic dispenser: The Paper Tornado Day
Katie Hickman .... production assistant
Alex Kalman .... crew: The Enlarged
Sara Rossein .... food: school
Zachary Treitz .... locations
Stephen Valand .... crew: The Enlarged
Martynka Wawrzyniak .... infinite help: school
 
Thanks
Richard Neimeth .... in loving memory of (as Richard 'Pocky' Neimeth)
Olivier Père .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Daddy Longlegs" - USA (alternative title)
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100 min
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Stereo (LtRt)
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The troubling virtues of irresponsibility, 21 May 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

For those who can put up with its (largely intentional) jumpy hand-held 16 mm. look, Daddy Longlegs is a heck of a stimulating and complex piece of work. It's autobiographical, yet collaborative and imaginative. It's improvisational, yet very well planned. It's appalling, yet also appealing -- a film that sticks in the craw but also lingers in the mind and the heart. It signals the arrival of yet another team of film-making brothers whom we need to watch.

On the face of it, this is the story of a criminally irresponsible divorced dad who gets to spend two weeks out of a year with his two boys, aged around seven and nine. Lenny (Ronald Bronstein) is young and childlike himself, thin, agile, athletic, but graying, terminally unconventional, a hipster, unstable, a film projectionist, a man whose life he has no firm grip on, but determined to love his kids and make his time with them as memorable as possible. When he picks up the boys, he immediately launches into dangerous play, walking on his hands across the street with them. Sage (Sage Ranaldo) and Frey (Frey Ranaldo) alternate between being delighted, excited, and scared to death by Lenny's games.

He has a one-night stand, and then the next day forces himself, with the boys, on the woman and her boyfriend when the latter drives upstate for the weekend. (The story otherwise takes place very much in a Manhattan whose wild grunginess and seemingly greater-then-normal tolerance for irresponsible behavior suggest the New York of the 1970's.) He takes the boys to play squash (a rough game for two pipsqueaks). He gets mugged by a peddler-thug (played by Abel Ferrara) coming home by himself with groceries and ice cream cones, but never mentions the incident to the boys or anyone. He has a date with an on-and-off girlfriend. With her around in the morning, he gives the boys a pet lizard he hides as a prize in a cereal box.

At least one of the things he does is really awful. He unexpectedly pulls an all-nighter at his job, and, because he can't find anybody to babysit with the boys, gives them crushed bits of adult sleeping pills. They go into a deep sleep and cannot be awakened. This lasts for several days; it could have lasted longer. A doctor friend who comes in explains this and says if he weren't a friend, he'd report this to the police. The really creepy feeling this incident gives you lingers on. But it ends happily. The boys are fine. And that goes for the whole experience, though this does not make Lenny's nightmare parenting techniques okay. The film is meant to arouse contradictory feelings and express the filmmakers' own mixed emotions toward their real dad.

Watching Lenny is like witnessing a train wreck but Bronstein is very good at keeping you from hating him. So are Benny and Josh, filmmakers, of course, who made this out of their own childhoods with a wealth of conflicting emotion. Their artistry and luck pay off in how complex the feelings are that Daddy Longlegs evokes. The film (and the collaboration with Bronstein) are a triumphant combination of cool reason in the planning and warm emotion in the making. Having had two brothers in charge who have that contrast -- one more logical, the other more romantic -- also doubtless helps maintain the fertile balance.

Lenny is more like a hyper older brother than a father, but that can be a lot of fun for little boys -- for a while anyway. Most of the year Sage and Frey are with their mother (played by the young actors' real mother -- wife of the lead guitarist of Sonic Youth), who, from what we see of her, provides a grownup and sensible environment.

But it's to be noted that Josh and Benny Safdie made this movie, about this riskier side of their experience, to evoke their childhood. Happy families are all alike -- the small, crazy part of your youth spent with a divorced parent may be more memorable and complex and stimulating to the art that goes into making films than the safe, grownup, responsible part that nurtured you and protected you and kept you sane. With divorced parents, you have two different worlds you move between; the "happy"-"unhappy" distinction may not apply. The distinction might better be "safe but a little bit boring" versus "unsafe but wild fun."

The Safdies have made clear that Lenny is an original creation, based on their dad, but built up very much in collaboration with Ronald Bronstein, who, though to them he looked remarkably like a classic silent film actor, was not an actor at all but a filmmaker whom they met at Austin's hip SXSW festival where they were all celebrated for their work. They sat down with Bronstein for days of talk in a diner where they hashed out all their ideas about their father and learned what Bronstein could internalize and what he rejected. Thus an improvisational collaboration grew. Bronstein worked constantly with the Ranaldo boys, always in character (a kooky new play dad) even when they were not shooting. Another element was the Safdies' and their team's guerrilla street film-making techniques used to incorporate non-actors along the way. "If Jean Vigo, John Cassavetes, Buster Keaton, Woody Allen and Charlie Chaplin had a deformed child, we would be their best friend," the brothers told Interview magazine recently. This is a richer and more deeply thought-through mix than we usually get from Cassavetes' youthful Mumblecore offspring, a more intense mining of memory and experience.

Interviews with Benny and Josh show a bright and happy pair of young men who finish each other's sentences. It looks like they grew up just fine, their time with their real father having taught them to be alert and resourceful. Those dangerous, irresponsible weeks were a pebble that produced a pearl.

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