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Powerless against the intoxication

Beautiful Boy / Ben is Back
Regissør: Felix van Groeningen Peter Hedges

Two American films remind us of how severe the addiction affects the relatives.

Sometimes movies are made in parallel with strikingly similar themes, as in both Cloak (2005) and Infamous (2006) took on Truman Capote's work on the book In Cold Blood, or Danish The hijacking (2012) and US Captain Philips (2013) both were about cargo ships hijacked by Somali pirates. The fact that two recent American films talk about parents' challenges with a drug-addicted son may not be as surprising, given that drug use in the United States has reached an epidemic scale.

Beautiful Boy.


First out at Norwegian cinemas is Beautiful Boy, with premiere 4. January. This feature film is about real people and is based on both father and son's written memoirs, David Sheffs Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Nic Sheffs Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. The successful freelance journalist and father David is played by Steve Carell, who in recent years has impressed in heavier drama roles after breaking through as a comedy actor in adulthood. The son Nic is played by Timothée Chalamet, in his first major role after the breakthrough. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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