Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 5 Review Boy

Boy is set in 1984 and follows the story of Boy who lives with his gran, his younger brother (who thinks he has super-powers), his pet goat and some of his cousins.

Boy is 11 and lives in a world of imagining all the brilliance of his absent father, a desire to be as amazing as Michael Jackson and unrequited love for his schoolmate Chardonay. His school mates have names including Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon's Crest. Boy is left in charge of his young family for a few days when his gran heads off to a funeral.

Into his fantasy world steps his long-absent father who is in search of his hidden "treasure" - money he stashed years before. The film follows the point where his imagination of his father and his reality crash. Filled with overlapping realities and imaginations this film is delightful and heartbreaking at the same time. Awesomely pitched performances from the entire cast including the director Taika Cohen as Alamein (Boy's father) a wanna be gang leader make this a truly enjoyable film.

Make sure you stay all the way through the credits.

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