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The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

On the yearning for a home

Drama

7.6

movie

United States of America

English, Haitian; Haitian Creole

Quirky, Smart, Thought-provoking

2019

Joe Talbot

Andy Roy, Daewon Song, Danny Glover

121 min

Synopsis

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Our Take

7.6
Bilal Zouheir

Like a Wes Anderson movie, The Last Black Man in San Francisco takes artistic risks and nails every one of them. There are many quirky, aesthetically well-studied, and even funny aspects to this moving story.

Jimmie has been maintaining a typical San Francisco Victorian house, regularly painting the windows and watering the plants. One small problem: other people live there and they don’t want him around. It turns out this was once Jimmie’s family house, having been built by his grandfather in 1948, and he misses it deeply.

This story is based on writer Jimmie Fails’ life, as he tried to reclaim his family home in SF. However, it’s not a movie that limits itself to gentrification. It transcends that to being about the universal yearning to find a place to call home.

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Katie

Beautiful and thought-provoking film.

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