Director: James Gray Run Time: 114 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022
Starring: Andrew Polk, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, Banks Repeta, Domenick Lombardozzi, Jacob Mackinnon, Jaylin Webb, Jeremy Strong, John Diehl, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Ryan Sell, Tovah Feldshuh
IFFBoston Fall Focus 2022
The most personal film yet from James Gray (THE IMMIGRANT, AD ASTRA) is also one of his greatest, an exquisitely detailed and deeply emotional etching of a time and place: Queens, 1980. Set against the backdrop of a country on the cusp of ominous sociopolitical change, ARMAGEDDON TIME follows Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), a sixth grader who dreams of becoming an artist. At the same time that Paul builds a friendship with classmate Johnny (Jaylin Webb), who’s mercilessly targeted by their racist teacher, he finds himself increasingly at odds with his parents (Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway), for whom financial success and assimilation are key to the family’s Jewish-American identity. Paul feels on firmest ground with his kind grandfather (a marvelous Anthony Hopkins), whose life experiences have granted him a weathered compassion. Rejecting easy nostalgia for a more difficult, painful form of recall, Gray’s film—shot with intimate naturalism by Darius Khondji—is a perceptive and humane coming of age story that does what only cinema can do, elevating the smallest moments into the greatest drama.
—New York Film Festival guide
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