Released on DVD recently in 2016.
Stars: Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, Patton Oswalt
Director/Writer: Bob Nelson
This emotional and profound story of an alienated father and son has occasional moments of comic relief, but left me very saddened in parts – saddened in a good, life-affirming way. It follows an eight year old, Anthony, who’s spending the weekend with his carpenter father, Walt, who struggles with alcoholism, while his mother and step father are away for a Catholic retreat. Anthony is due to have his First Holy Communion and Confirmation the following weekend, so this is Walt’s chance to impart wisdom to his son and maybe forge a new bond.
The film was well-written, shot, and acted. Any sensitive person will see the beauty in the story as we learn that Walt is no deadbeat dad, but a noble and sensitive man with many demons buried beneath his alcoholism. I could personally relate to the story as my own father struggles with demons and was a humble craftsman. It taught me that there are few bad men out there, but many sensitive ones who couldn’t withstand the pressures of a modern life.
I give it 9.9 out of 10.