Little Men

USA | 2016 | 85 minutes | Ira Sachs

Director Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) explores the deepening friendship between two artistic boys whose families enter into a heated and escalating battle over the rent of their shared brownstone in a quickly gentrifying Brooklyn.

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The "little men" of the film's title are two artistic boys in their early teens whose deepening friendship collides with the adult world of single motherhood, gentrifying Brooklyn, and spiraling brownstone rents. Jake (Theo Taplitz) is the son of Brian (Oscar® nominee Greg Kinnear, As Good as It Gets) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle, "Pride and Prejudice"), who move into the upstairs of a brownstone they inherit; Tony (Michael Barbieri) is the son of immigrant seamstress Leonor (Paulina García, "Narcos"), who's been renting the store on the ground floor for several years. When a battle over rent sharpens, the boys—rather than splitting along lines of family loyalty—give the adults the silent treatment and continue to forge their own bond. If this description emphasizes the class differences, that's only background; the reasons to go are director Ira Sachs' observations of the tender and funny bonds of childhood friends, especially Jake and Tony's efforts to encourage one another's artistic ambitions. But where "artistic" has been code for gay at least since A Streetcar Named Desire's monologue about the tragic suicide of Blanche's boyfriend (the boy with "a nervousness, a softness, and tenderness which wasn't like a man's"), in Little Men, what we see of the boys' bond is strictly platonic, and who they will grow up to be is left open.

Director Biography
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1965, Ira Sachs is a critically acclaimed writer and director who made his directorial debut with the 1993 film Lady. His 2006 feature Forty Shades of Blue was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Director: Ira Sachs
  • Principal Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs
  • Screenplay: Mauricio Zacharias, Ira Sachs
  • Cinematographers: Óscar Durán
  • Editors: Mollie Goldstein, Affonso Gonçalves
  • Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Love Is Strange ; (2012) ; Keep the Lights On (2010) ; Married Life (2005); Forty Shades of Blue (2002) ; Boy-Girl, Boy-Girl (1996); The Delta (1996)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
  • International Sales: Mongrel Media