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Divorced and alone, Lenny (the perfectly cast Ronald Bronstein) is the father of two young boys he gets to see a couple of weeks a year. He cherishes these days with the kids, being both stern parent and lovable buddy, inventing myths and somehow living them, all while working overtime in the big city. When the going gets tough, Lenny uses some unusual, perhaps even hazardous, techniques to keep the kids safe from the world. Because of the film s fluid style, we feel that we are in the boxing ring alongside Lenny, as flawed as he is charismatic, champion of each day, yet totally black and blue. As the storm of society continually rains on him, Lenny laughs through it all. Isn t life crazy?
DVD Special Features Include:
Beautiful high-definition transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
Eight deleted scenes
"The Second Stop from Jupiter": A Making-Of Documentary
Go Get Some Rosemary Rehearsal test film
Animations, promotional shorts, and the Cannes trailer
A 20-page booklet of art and writings, with liner notes by Scott Foundas
Josh Safdie's While they're sleeping zine, featuring childhood photos of the filmmakers by their father
Top Customer Reviews
The movie is owned, quite literally, by Ronald Bronstein. Playing hapless Lenny, the divorced father of two boys who he will have for two weeks of vacation, Bronstein commands the screen with unbridled enthusiasm. Energetic and excited, Lenny is thrilled to reconnect with his boys. Playful as a friend, but not particularly effective as a parent, Lenny has trouble balancing the needs of his children with the demands of work and the pressures of a relationship. Impulsive, and borderline insane, Lenny doesn't comprehend the repercussions of his offbeat choices. And as things start falling apart, his manic energy manifests itself as anger and hostility--and he seems virtually unable to distinguish right from wrong in his increasing desperation. It's a powerhouse performance and Bronstein is ALWAYS a compelling reason to stay connected to "Daddy Longlegs.Read more ›
I can't get enough of the Safdie brothers. If you like this film, be sure to check out The Pleasure of Being Robbed!
Lenny is a divorced father of two. He is immature and impulsive. He only gets to see his sons for two weeks out of the year, and he spends those weeks juggling his responsibilities (which he often shrugs aside) with his play time, which includes philandering with strangers and drinking, a lot. `Daddy Longlegs' follows the few weeks he has with his boys and shows the emotional depth Lenny possesses in his person. Lenny is a boy, not yet a man, who doesn't understand how to balance his duty as a father with his innate need to be a friend to his boys. He is careless and insensitive yet protective and loving. He sees his position as `father' as a blessing but he fails to understand that it is also a responsibility. As Lenny shuffles his kids around, handing them off to seemingly perfect strangers so as to carry on with his life as if they weren't there, we can see how the weight of parenthood has not fully rested on this man (possibly because of his overall lack of time spent with them). Still, as impractical as he is, Lenny's love for his children is often displayed with sincerity, keeping this man a rich example of what adolescent parenting can result in (although he is far from a child himself, he surely represents those `youthful' at heart).
The film's largest strength comes in the form of Ronald Bronstein.Read more ›
Created by newcomer brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie, 'Daddy Longlegs' was shot on 16 millimeter and has the appearance of a film created in the late 70s (it seems like this is when the film is supposed to take place). It's up for the John Cassavettes Award as part of the independent cinema Spirit Awards in 2011 and reminds one of a Cassavettes film, shot in a cinema verite style, with partially a jazz score underneath. I recently heard the Safdies speak about the film in person and they indicated that it's loosely based on experiences with their father who divorced their mother years ago.
Daddy Longlegs is about a ne'er-do-well by the name of Lenny played by first-time actor Ronald Bronstein. Lenny is divorced from his wife and gets to spend two weeks out of the year with his 7 and 9 year old children, Sage and Frey (played by Sage and Frey Ranaldo in real life). Bronstein remained in character even when not on the set--for example when he visited Sage and Frey at their real school!
Daddy Longlegs is the portrait of a parent who obviously loves his children, but through his irresponsible behavior, ultimately places their lives in jeopardy. When we first meet Lenny, he defensively argues with the school principal who has taken the children out of school for picking fights with other kids. Lenny does crazy things like walking on his hands across the street with the children. After having an argument with his girlfriend, he picks up another woman and goes to bed with her. He then convinces this woman, a virtual stranger, to drive upstate with her boyfriend and brings the kids along on a mini-vacation.
We then experience more examples of bizarre parenting from Lenny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The move may have some nudity but it does a good job of making you like some of the characters and hating them at the same time. In other words the move is well made.Published on September 5, 2013 by LLL
I would just like to know the region code on the disc before I buy. I see no evidence on here that I will get that info.Published on January 16, 2013 by Aaron Gould
Finally, a movie that transcends father-son stereotypes. His flaws are obvious as a sort of lazy, careless, prankster big city con artist. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by mr. contrarian
Daryl Loomis, DVD Verdict --Daddy Longlegs is a far better production than the first film from the Safdie brothers. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by DVD Verdict
Daddy Longlegs concerns the ironies, wounds, adventures and potentially inspiring memories flowing from childhood. Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by David Crumm
There is still a very good movie here when The Brothers Safdie let Cassavetes go for a little while and get great performances from adults and kids alike. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Virgina Pickens