This Boy’s Life


(out of 5)

Tobias Wolff’s autobiography is brought to the screen with grace and fine dramatic intensity. As a young man (played by ), Wolff has to watch as his loving mother () nearly destroys the both of them by marrying a terrifyingly abusive man () whom she deems a good provider. Not in any way an easy watch, the film is incredibly tragic but eventually rewarding, and Barkin is brilliant as the woman who eventually decides that enough is enough.

Warner Bros.

USA, 1993

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

New York Film Critics Awards 1993.

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