The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines ★★★★★

I want to do something with him that’s his first time. I’m going to look in his face when he tries ice cream. Every time he has ice cream for the rest of his life, he’s going to see my fucking face.

About a week and a half ago, instead of studying for my finals, I spent some time listening to Cianfrance talk about this piece. What he was looking to achieve with this is so distinct and meaningful. He weaves through these three interconnected stories so effortlessly, and it results in a clear communication of his thematic ideas. In my opinion, this is one of the few special and compelling portayals of fatherhood (and legacy, specifically between father and son).

Now that I think about it, this is actually probably the film that sparked my interest in movies and made me see them as more of an art form rather than strictly entertainment. This is a timeless, perfect movie for me that somehow gets better every time I watch it.

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