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[Director] Chaiken has a keen eye and ear for street-level realism and an evident love of the city's as-yet-ungentrified fringes.
There is no shortage of films about the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but there is a lack of good ones. The low-budget indie Liberty Kid, produced by downtown auteur Larry Fessenden, is one of those that succeeds.
Evident throughout is Chaiken's ability to patiently build a scene without fanfare or artifice.
The strong performances and Chaiken's vivid NYC locations, lend the film unexpected resonance.
Even though Liberty Kid is a small film, much of it is deeply poignant; it enhances our compassion for all the ghosts of Sept. 11.
Chaiken's subtle narrative touch, along with the exceptionally strong performances of leads Al Thompson and Kareem Savinon, gives this one a rare emotional pull.
almost anthropological in its careful attention to colorful Brooklyn detail
The effects of Derrick's wars -- multiple, low-key, endless -- were in motion long before he went to Afghanistan.
As volatile as the subject matter is here, Liberty Kid is shockingly subtle. Massive aspects about the relationship between Tico and Derrick are only inferred and the performances of the leads are really quite good.
For all its good intentions, Liberty Kid ultimately disappoints.
Unanswered questions about Derrick's kids and Spanish-speaking mother abound, and their all-too-infrequent interactions point to a hard-knuckled realism about post-9/11 New York that begs to be seen.
What begins as a run-of-the-mill urban drama about two guys from Brooklyn turns into something more epic and resonant.
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