Little Men ★★★★1/2

LITTLE MEN is the type of film that is quiet, where nothing seems to happen, but there is so much happening.  Ira Sachs, whose past two films have centered on gay relationships (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON and LOVE IS STRANGE), has now written and directed a film that focuses on two boys, who are neighbours and come from different backgrounds, and their friendship and how a battle between their families ensues over rent being raised. The two boys do what they can to try to stay together, pleading with their families, begging the one family not to raise the other’s rent.  The film strays from gay issues that his past two films have shown (there is one scene where one of the boys is insulted about his sexuality) and mainly tackles the issue if gentrification and what can happen.  Ira Sachs is a master filmmaker in that he is able to elicit raw and real emotion on the screen, it is never forced.  The story is never over the top or involving twist and turns, this story could really happen and probably has.  While many filmmakers these days force us to sway one way or the other, Sachs presents us with these characters, with these issues, showing both sides of the story, not making either family the enemy.  LITTLE MEN is such a poignant drama that is a must watch for anyone who is a fan of Ira Sachs’ work, who seems to be on a career high churning out one great film after another.

– Word by Russell Boaz

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