- Original 1969 documentary Sean
- Bonus scenes
- Filmmaker interview
- Filmmaker statement
- Filmmaker biography
- Theatrical Trailer
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how their politics and upbringings intermeshed and evolved.
As a film student in 1969 Ralph Arylck made a 15 minute short about a bright 4 year old
boy who lived upstairs with hippie parents in Haight-Asbury. 4 year old Sean had tried pot,
refused to wear shoes, etc.
Now Arlyck sets out to find out what happened to Sean 30+ years later - was he a mess as some
predicted? Had his upbringing left him free as others hoped?
Of course the answer is far more gray and complex. And in
examining Sean and his family, film-maker Arlyck also looks at his own.
A quiet film, not deeply emotional, but a very interesting and worthy essay about parental ideals, family, and life.
We see four year old Sean answering some questions posed to him by Ralph Arlyck; Arlyck had moved to San Francisco to experience the freedom loving/youthful California lifestyle of the 1960s and just two stories above him in the same apartment building was Sean in an apartment with his parents--and quite a few people coming and going with Sean's father and mother considering their apartment as "an oasis" for anyone who needed a brief safe haven while they were transients on drugs or running from spouses who had abused them. Sean's father teaches Sean how to use tools at a very early age and we see Sean loving it all; he's also quite intelligent--you can tell by the way 4 year old Sean answers Ralph's questions!
Ralph sensed some similarities between his own family and Sean's family (liberal parents, creativity, thinking outside the box, etc.) so quite a few years later--just about thirty, in fact, Ralph returns to San Francisco and he meets Sean again on a corner in the Haight-Ashbury district where they all lived previously.Read more ›
Even the reviews are likely influenced by the age of the reviewer. for example, I bet those that thought it was slow or it had too much filler are younger...having been raised to think it normal to rush at everything. Even though I'm not that old...about Sean's generation...to me I could have watched something twice as long because for me this was excellent & I didn't want it to end.
Perhaps the grist of Sean's life today didn't prove to be that interesting to Arlyck's mill, so he turns the film into a kind of reflecting pond upon which he might contemplate his own life and his failings (one reviewer referred to it as "navel-gazing" which seems apropos). If one considers the reality that Arlyck's own life has essentially been one of meandering around as a professional grant-writer looking for money to fund his film-making ambitions - his French college professor spouse has undoubtedly been the bread-winner through their 30+ years of marriage - it becomes clear that "Following Sean" is more like "Finding Ralph Arlyck." When his own father openly mocks his career choice - laughingly noting that "every time he says cut that costs me a $1000!" - and he actually includes it in the documentary you know at least he is self-aware enough to realize that he isn't that distant a character from Sean's rather disconnected and extremely irresponsible father Johnny who has largely abdicated his basic responsibilities as a parent and run away from what any one of us might consider a real life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fast shipping. well packed. this is an amazing film. i have watched it twice.
highly recommended. i will be watching it again.
I have a personal connection to the people in this movie. It is a compelling story and Ralph does an excellent job of telling it.Published on September 2, 2013 by Robert Sternoff
I like documentaries and it was very interesting to see a little boy who was being brought up in the Haight Ashbury of the 60s. That was the original doc., included. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by D
In this case, of communist hippies in the drug infested Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco in 1969. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by mr. contrarian
The title is a little misleading. I expected it to be how "Sean," the chid of 60's hippies living in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, turned out twenty five years later. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Promise