18 May 2010

Daddy Longlegs

Written & Directed by: Ben and Josh Safdie
Full credits at IMDb

Josh Safdie's features probe New York City privilege. His unappreciated 2008 debut, The Pleasure of Being Robbed, looked at the gentrifier's sense of revanchist entitlement through a klepto-hipsterette, whose pathological purse-snatching served as a microcosmic form of her broader crime--"stealing" a city. The latest, Daddy Longlegs, a little older and wiser, also explores such issues of race and class, but zeroes in on the arrogance of parents, especially the Park Slope-ish kind. The conspicuously autobiographical film, co-directed by Josh's brother Ben, doubles as a portrait of disillusionment, of two kids recognizing that their fun-loving father isn't so fun after all.

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