Being released on DVD September 7: WHEN WE WERE BOYS
Sarah Goodman’s verité portrait of adolescence had its world premiere in its hometown at Hot Docs last year, and also screened in Beijing and at True/False. The film focuses on two friends in an elite private boys’ school and the quiet, subtle changes that happen between boys and their friendships as they transition into young men.
Writing about the film after its Hot Docs premiere, I noted that Goodman’s protagonists, Noah and Colin, become indelible. While they treat the camera as if it’s not even there, they’ve already been taught to suppress their emotions – there’s an entire world going on behind these boys’ public faces, revealed in small expressions and in the complex codes of junior high school cliques. Audiences are rarely provided with such a window into the mores of male adolescence, at least not with such subtlety.
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