This Boy’s Life (1993)

MICHAEL CATON-JONES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1993.  Warner Bros..  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.

Tobias Wolff’s autobiography is brought to the screen with grace and fine dramatic intensity. As a young man (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), Wolff has to watch as his loving mother () nearly destroys the both of them by marrying a terrifyingly abusive man (Robert De Niro) 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.

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