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As You Are (2016)

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Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.
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Credited cast:
Owen Campbell ... Jack
Charlie Heaton ... Mark
Amandla Stenberg ... Sarah
John Scurti ... Detective Erickson
Scott Cohen ... Tom
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Karen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Grant Kim Grant ... Background
Annemarie Lawless ... Margaret
Billy Thomas Myott ... James
Andrew Polk ... Jeff
John Romeo ... Gas Station Attendant
Christopher Dylan White ... Teenager
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Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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As a Friend See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The song Mark is making fun of when he says "Jeremy!" is Jeremy by Pearl Jam. See more »

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All The Things You Were By Not - Drone
Composed by Patrick Higgins (as P. Higgins) and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Guitar and Drone by Patrick Higgins (as P. Higgins) and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
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Tremendous directorial full length feature debut and beautiful film
16 June 2017 | by stephenw-30180See all my reviews

"As You Are" is one of those rare films that comes along every two or three years that really resonates with the viewer through its pure unabashed story telling and painful true to life's circumstances.

This inspired coming of age film, set in the early to mid 90's is about a single Mom and her son who welcome to their home a man (dating the mother) and his son and the sons become best friends. They are teenagers and cut from the same cloth, so they get attached very quickly. There are several facets to the story line and plot I will not divulge so as to not spoil the film for potential viewers.

The film progresses through a taut and harrowing undercurrent of brewing violence and uncertainty from the Adult Man figure and thus, his son rebels and it affects his new friend/roommate/brother of sorts, as Well as the Mother figure. The film illustrates the difficulties teen's face when subjected to ridicule for being outsiders and struggling with their own sexuality. Not to mention Having to deal with an unstable home environment.

The story is told from the perspective of a detective interviewing various members of the cast through the eye of a camera's lens, which Is not made clear till the end of the film. the film. This is tackled by the detectives interviews with the various characters portrayed throughout.

Acting and Direction was fabulous. Plot and story line tight and told with gritty realism. It addresses some difficult subject matter and by no means is it a "feel good movie", but one well worth watching.

I applaud the Director And actors alike for telling a story not easily told or accepted as mainstream popular. There should be more films like "As you are", made.

A definite recommendation for anyone tired of the commercial garbage typically pumped daily by large production Co.'s and big name Media giants.


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