Rewatching for my The Complete Pacino list.
Pacino was 55 when he made this, and I’m guessing the character was supposed to be around 80. If only that were the worst thing about it. These may well be events that genuinely happened to the writer when he was growing up, but presenting everything as a gentle coming of age story when in reality it’s about hardship and deception is a poor choice. Also ill-judged (if not just downright wrong) were the scenes featuring a boy being forced to kiss an elderly woman, and a scene of suicide.
If I ever decide I have to see thig again, someone please remind me not to.