Following Sean (2006)



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A child's perspective on the Haight-Ashbury counterculture of the 1960s informs filmmaker Ralph Arlyck's film concerning the perceptive and precocious four-year-old and his unique perspective on the chaos that was sweeping a nation. A student at San Francisco State University at the time when police in riot gear flooded the campus and revolutionary-minded idealists waxed poetic in the streets, Ralph Arlyck was befriended by a young boy named Sean who would occasionally come down from his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ralph Arlyck
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On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Following Sean

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Part of the film's charm lies in its evocation of a generational mural that includes old Marxists, flower children and the progeny of red-diaper babies.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

What emerges from Arlyck's musings is a penetrating cinematic essay on how generations in the last century struggled to take hold of history and reconfigure the shape of daily life.

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
Top Critic

Arlyck spends more time following himself and his own lefty family than checking up on Sean.

May 3, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Ralph Arlyck's ruminative essay film picks up the trail of Sean Farrell, the former child of San Francisco hippies and the subject of his 1969 short film Sean.

May 2, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Arlyck's compulsion is to our great fortune. Patient and elegant, his film is a quietly devastating meditation on family, work, and the unrelenting passage of time.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Arlyck's new film is an honest and thoughtful examination of the people and events that most influenced his adult life and what the '60s really meant to the bigger picture, viewed with the benefit of hindsight.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Following Sean

Following Sean is a good little documentary about Ralph Arlyck going back and meeting Sean Farrell 30 years after he interviewed him when he was just a kid. Sean was born into a family that decided to move to Haight St. in San Francisco. Sean's father Johnny was a hippy who wasn't going to work for the man and he continues to be the same person to this day.

The interest factor in Following Sean comes into play when you see the man Sean grew up to be. After the first interview, Sean's parents got a lot of flack and even their parents thought that their kids, including Sean, would be criminals or drug addicts. That however isn't the case and it's really interesting just how different Sean is from his father.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I HIGHly reccomend this doc to everyone.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In the 1960's filmmaker Ralph Arlyck lived for a time in the legendary Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. While there, he befriended a 4-year old boy, Sean Farrell, who he made a documentary about. "Following Sean" is a documentary Arlyck made about his return to San Francisco thirty years later to find out whatever happened to Sean. And the results are not pretty, least of all because Arlyck rips off the "7-Up" series in the process.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]In love with his own droning voice, Arlyck is bitter about his whole experience in San Francisco(he reveals too much about his personal life which only makes him seem a little pathetic) where he was present for history as it was being made, some of it he caught on film.(C'mon, man. At least, admit you had a little fun.)The fact that Sean turns out to be so well-adjusted destroys Arlyck's thesis that the 60's had a toxic legacy.(I do respect him for not romanticizing the era but this is ridiculous.) So, he turns his anger against Sean's father who is a bit of a drifter and takes him to task for his lack of a work ethic. But unless you are a public servant, your life will not be defined by your job.(I would love to sit on a beach all day and write hideously bad poetry but I am too materialistic for my own good.) [/font]
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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