Minding the Gap (2018)
Critic Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.
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Critic Reviews for Minding the Gap
It will warm your heart but possibly break it a little too.
This is a movie about what people are prepared to swallow when they're thirsty for love.
It is impossibly gripping, terribly personal, but always compassionate.
It's as if all its director Bing Liu had to do was put the idea for his film at the top of a steep hill, give it a prod, then keep filming as natural forces took care of the rest.
Each boy is likeable, troubled, searching, and hypnotically watchable in the way he puts his features on record, dimly conscious that his feelings are playing those features like a needle on a disc.
Audience Reviews for Minding the Gap
Apart from a forced attempt at sentimentality in the end and the fact that the editing feels mostly random with not much sense of structure, I appreciate how close to Liu's heart his film is and how it shows that skateboarding can be a means for some people to get away from domestic abuse.
Bing Liu weaves together themes of masculine and societal expectations through his friends Keire and Zack. Such layers are bridges through the trioï¿ 1/2(TM)s skateboarding bond that has always been a point of escapism whether it be from each of their damaged upbringings or the trappings of adulthood they find themselves encountering and dealing (or not dealing) with. Some terrific editing and a few choice cuts specifically hammer home the clarity it seems Liu intended to chase.
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