The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole (1998)

TOD WILLIAMS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  .  Screenplay by Tod Williams.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1999.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.  

is excellent as a wayward youth in the early eighties who loses his footing when his mother () and stepfather () split up. His stepfather has announced his desire to become a woman, which throws the whole family into disarray but is only a small part of what makes Sebastian feel confused about his life. This very good film by Tod Williams (who also wrote the affecting screenplay) is a terrific examination of youthful awkwardness, not a genre that has ever been ignored by any small measure, but Cole still manages to make a mark of its own. It captures the period with flair, and wisely relies on Grenier’s marvelous acting to tell its emotionally poignant story.

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