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Daddy Longlegs (2009)Daddy Longlegs (2009)

Daddy Longlegs (2009)

An unhinged yet affectionate portrait of bad parenting from the Safdie Brothers

Comedy, Drama

7.5

movie

France, United States of America

English

Slice-of-Life

2009

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Abel Ferrara, Eléonore Hendricks, Josh Safdie

99 min

Synopsis

After months of living a solitary existence, Lenny, 34, picks up his kids from school. Every year he spends a couple of weeks with his sons Sage, 9, and Frey, 7. Lenny hosts his kids within a midtown studio apartment in New York. During these two weeks, he must figure out if he wants to act as their father or be their friend. Ultimately, their trip upstate results in complete lawlessness taking over their lives.

Our Take

7.5
Igor Fishman

The Safdie Brothers spent over a decade making films before their mainstream breakout with Good Time and Uncut Gems. Their rich backlog captures New York City in its raw vibrant glory. Daddy Longlegs is the sardonic semi-autobiographical portrait of the Safdies’ childhood spent with their father after their parents’ divorce. 

Lenny (Ronald Bronstein) is an awful dad whose parenting style ranges from the wildly irresponsible to the criminally negligent. While his behavior is often detestable and has few if any redeeming traits, the Safdies’ puncture through his demeanor and craft a sensitive portrait of fatherhood imbued with affection and feeling that could only originate from the well of a child’s capacity for forgiveness and love.

 

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