Honey Boy ★★★★

an intoxicating mix of free-floating, almost docudrama camerawork, expressionistic lighting and raw nerve performances. who knew that a metatextual psychodrama about the life of shia labeouf would end up a real-deal artistic work of overwhelming empathy and generosity? watching him psychologically access the POV of his abuser not with with judgement or anger but with sensitivity is remarkable. so in tune with its characters rippling pain and messy, sometimes contradictory feelings that the occasional bit of clumsy writing almost works in its favor.