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Minding the Gap (2018)

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Welcome to Rockford, Illinois, in the heart of Rust-Belt America, home to debut filmmaker Bing Liu. With over 12 years of footage, Bing discovers connections between two of his skateboarder friends' volatile upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.

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Lieu ends his story at a natural point in the young character's lives, but the outcome also begs for a sequel.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Liu not only has an excellent eye but deeper ambitions.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is filled with lengthy, sensuous skateboarding scenes, which feel meditative, therapeutic; we sense that these kids skated not because it was fun, but because it helped them to survive.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Minding the Gap starts out as one story, suggests one set of character arcs, and then flows in unexpected directions and underlines new sets of themes, without ever feeling haphazard or ill-considered.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's like a combination of Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys and Richard Linklater's Boyhood, while also uniquely its own marvelous thing.

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Even some of the best coming-of-age films cannot capture the beautiful and awful tangible qualities of real life that may only exist in documentaries, and Bing Liu has caught lightning in a bottle.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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