Saturday, April 7, 2012

Boy & The Crazy Horses

Boy is a quirky and nostalgic independent film from New Zealand. It's 1984 and Boy is an 11-year-old Maori boy who loves Michael Jackson.  He lives in a rural coastal community with his grandmother, younger brother Rocky, and several young cousins.  His mother is dead, having died during Rocky's birth and his father, Alamein, is in jail.  However, Boy makes up fantastical stories about his father, always casting him as a hero.  When Alamein comes home with his two cronies, the Crazy Horses "gang," Boy comes to learn, somewhat painfully and comically, that his imagined father and the real person are not quite the same.  Alamein, who is essentially a man-child with no clue what it is to be a parent, is played by the film's writer/director Taika Waititi who grew up in the community in which the film was shot.  This is a sweet coming of age story and if you're a child of the 1980s like me, you will "totally" relate.  Make sure to sit through the credits.

Boy is playing now in Atlanta at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.  Go see it!

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