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Honey Boy (15)
3rd March 2020 - 5th March 2020
Documentary-maker Alma Har’el’s first feature is a fictionalised realisation of actor Shia LaBeouf’s intense, chaotic relationship with his father.
LaBeouf’s autobiographical screenplay was written as a therapeutic exercise during a stint in rehab. A young actor, Otis (Lucas Hedges) struggles with alcoholism and selfdestructive behaviour. When an accident lands him into rehab, he starts examining the issues that led him there; in particular, childhood memories of his by turns abusive and loving father, an ex-rodeo clown and Vietnam veteran played (excellently) by LaBeouf himself. Potent and darkly beautiful, sometimes caustically sad – “You wouldn’t be here if I didn’t pay you,” says Otis to his father at one point – it reflects searchingly honest and non-judgemental writing from LaBeouf, who portrays the relationship in all its tense and envious complexity.
Director: Alma Har’el
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs
US, 2019, 1 hour 35 minutes
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