Director: Mike Mills Run Time: 108 min. Release Year: 2021
Starring: Gaby Hoffmann, Joaquin Phoenix, Molly Webster, Scoot McNairy, Woody Norman
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After gracing audiences with BEGINNERS and 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (IFFBoston Screening Series 2017), Writer/Director Mike Mills returns with another warm, insightful, and gratifyingly askew portrait of American family life. A soulful Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny, a kindhearted radio journalist deep into a project in which he interviews children across the U.S. about our world’s uncertain future. His sister, Viv (a marvelously intuitive Gaby Hoffmann), asks him to watch her 9-year-old son, Jesse (Woody Norman, in one of the most affecting breakout child performances in years), while she tends to the child’s father, who’s suffering from mental health issues. After agreeing, Johnny finds himself connecting with his nephew in ways he hadn’t expected, ultimately taking Jesse with him on a journey from Los Angeles to New York to New Orleans. Anchored by three remarkable actors, C’MON C’MON is a gentle yet impeccably crafted drama about coming to terms with personal trauma and historical legacies.
—New York Film Festival guide