The question that tears at David is “Why?” Why did his oldest son, Nic, a charming and thoughtful young man who loved drawing, writing, reading and surfing, slide into drug addiction?
Felix van Groeningen, VS 2018
Language: English, Dutch subtitles
It’s something many parents in David’s position ask, even as they despair of a satisfying answer. Nic tells his father that crystal meth filled a void in his life. The first time he consumed it, he says, his world went “from black and white to Technicolor,” and he’s reluctant to go back. More than anything, David wants him back.
‘Beautiful Boy is based on paired memoirs by the real David and Nic Sheff, who are played onscreen by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. The film tilts a bit more toward the parental perspective, emphasizing David’s pain and bafflement. But it also incorporates some of his son’s literary sensibility, and conveys the bliss of being high along with the desperation of dependency. We don’t really learn why Nic became addicted, but we do get a sense of what it was like for him and his family to struggle with his disease. ‘(NY Times)
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