Being Flynn

Dano & DeNiro
Presented by The Dutchess County Arts Council
September 9
Sunday 1pm
(US, 2011 dir by Paul Weitz)
R /102 mins
IN PERSON: NICK FLYNN
Tickets $15 General Admission / $12 Members. For tickets, call DCAC at 845-454-3222 or email ncarroll@artsmidhudson.org. Click here for film description.

Book signing, wine, and tapas reception with the author and other celebrities, additional $20 at Terrapin Restaurant.

Writer-director Paul (ABOUT A BOY and IN GOOD COMPANY) Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons based on Nick Flynn’s arresting memoir.
Based on a true story, Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro) reach out to him unexpectedly. In his 2004 memoir, Another B-Night in Suck City, Flynn dealt with his con man and mythomanical father whose presence as an absence cast a giant shadow on the household where his single mom raised him and his brother. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore) in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his old man. (And since DeNiro’s Jonathan is a nutty cabbie, TAXI DRIVER comes to mind). But you can’t outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too as they do an awkward, moving dance of intimacy.

De Niro’s fullest role and strongest performance in years as a proud, self-deluded writer on a relentless downward spiral. A reminder that De Niro is still the best.
– Caryn James on Screen

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