Simply put, this is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Highly recommend you check it out for yourself. Don’t let the fact that it is a documentary scare you off. It views more like a traditional narrative then some heavy handed doc where the director is working to persuade you towards a their viewpoint.
Amazing coming of age story of young men who struggling to cope with physically abusive homes, in a hard knock rustbelt town. Many congratulations to the debut director Bing Liu. His ability to build a powerfully intimate story with a seemingly light directorial touch is remarkable. Skateboarding is what initially connects the characters, and it also serves as a narrative tool Liu wields masterfully.
Check out my podcast itself for my more detailed review. Again, this movie is wonderful and now one of my favorite all time films.
Minding the Gap is out in theaters in limited release and available to stream on Hulu