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James Franco's Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award (R) nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been - but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco's intimate portrait finds the human
Nov 1, 2013 Limited
Tribeca Film - Official Site
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Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little.
As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment.
[S]cene after scene plays out as if Franco has watched one too many Gus Van Sant movies and figured that's how you make an Important Movie.
James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal.
All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release.
Franco's visual sense and skill with atmosphere are strongly evident here, but, unfortunately, not enough happens in the movie.
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