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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 13 October 2002
This debut feature by Ira Wohl won him a well-deserved Academy Award. It tells the story of his cousin, Philly, who inhabits a 52 year old body but has the intellectual capacity of an eight year old. His aging parents are forced to consider what will happen to their dependent son when they are no longer able to care for him. Having already fought a battle against authorities to keep him at home as a child, it is frightening and painful for them to say goodbye after 50 years. Poignant, funny and observant, this film traces Philly's move out of his parent's home into a community centre and toward greater independence. His child-like emotions draw us in, keeping the viewer captivated throughout. Released in black and white in 1979 this timeless story has lost none of it's charm. Twenty years on, Ira filmed a sequel, 'Best Man' in which Philly is Bar Mitzvahed at age 70 though, as is the nature of sequels, it was received with far less critical acclaim than it's brilliant predecessor.
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