A Home At The End Of The World
Details: (MA15+), 97 mins, United States, English
Synopsis: Bobby and Jonathan have been inseparable since they were teenagers in suburban Ohio. Bobby has suffered many losses for someone so young, and is starved for love and affection. Awkward teen Jonathan has a nice family, and a particularly wonderful mother (Sissy Spacek). The boys not only become as close as brothers, but they also experiment sexually. The two lose touch, but find each other again in their mid-20s in the early 1980s, when Bobby (Colin Farrell) moves to New York and joins Jonathan (Dallas Roberts) at the apartment he shares with Clare (Robin Wright Penn), an aging hippie. Bobby and Clare become lovers, however, Clare had planned to have a child with Jonathan, who is now openly gay and who is still interested in Bobby, and to whom Clare used to be attracted. The trio becomes its own unique entity, questioning the traditional definitions of family and love, and dealing with the complications of their love triangle.
A striking first feature from Broadway director Michael Maye.
The story begins in suburban Ohio in the late sixties. Young Bobby's loving home is shattered by the loss of his brother, then both his parents. He moves in with best friend Jonathan, whose family, especially his mother played by Sissy Spacek, make him one of their own. The two boys share some innocent sexual experiences, but as they grow older, they drift apart. Fast forward to 1984, and the adult Bobby, Colin Farrell, comes to stay with Jonathon, Dallas Roberts, in his New York apartment. Jonathan is now openly gay, and lives with eccentric hippy Clare, Robin Wright Penn. The three form an unconventional family unit, with Bobby falling for Claire, who has deep affections for Jonathon, who has unresolved feelings for Bobby.
After roles in Hollywood thrillers such as Minority Report and Phone Booth, it's good to see Irish actor Colin Farrell step away from his tough guy persona. He delivers a truly sensitive portrayal. Sissy Spacek also shines as Jonathan's suburban mother whose outlook on life changes when she meets Bobby. A Home at the End of the World questions traditional concepts of family and relationships. It's a striking first feature from Broadway director Michael Mayer, and a highly charged emotional experience for true romantics.
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