USA / 2019 / 94'
Director: Alma Har'el
Writer: Shia LaBeouf
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Special Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival 2019. Another 4 awards and 33 nominations.
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.
I'm not sure we are ready for every Hollywood star to give us a filmed version of their childhood, but LaBeouf's is genuinely eye-opening. – Tom Shone, Sunday Times
The only thing that comes through every pore of this film's being is absolute raw and brutal honesty... One of the best movies of the year. – Dan Murrell, Screen Junkies
A sensitive, sincere portrait of a child actor's dysfunctional upbringing and its devastating fallout. – Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter