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Fathers and Sons (2005)

A movie directed by Jared Rappaport, Rob Spera, and Rodrigo García

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Fathers and Sons ~ 2005

  • Dec 28, 2007
Pros: nice segments, good writing and direction

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: "It's a bridge you can't cross...
We're just part of the flow of the river that runs between fathers and sons"
~ Chris Ledoux

A delightful story that takes three families, living on Caleb’s Path Road, and brings them together through the story. Although they are all neighbors, over the years, they lead separate lives. The story introduces each of those lives and we follow the relationship of fathers and sons, from birth to death.

The first family at 1124 Caleb’s Path Road was written and directed by Rob Spera. We meet Anthony and wife, Jenny, and the trials and tribulations of growing up in a family. It sets the tone for the father/son relationships throughout the movie as Anthony discusses his not so happy union between his father and himself. We watch this grow and reflect on his own union with his son, then his son with his own son. Through this we see loves and marriages and deaths and how each reflects on the family life.

Our second family, 1117 Caleb’s Path Road, was written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. His family is not a particularly happy one, although their beginnings seem to be one that will last. We find them in their later years, with the son grown, and drifting apart. It is the unique bond between the father and son, as they visit his sons ex-lover dying in the hospital, that forms this family unit and brings it to conclusion.

Finally we are at 1121 Caleb’s Path Road, written and directed by Jared Rappaport. Jared’s tale centers on a dysfunctional family, albeit successful, and the son who returns home because his father is dying. The son, Elliot, is a successful lawyer and has always felt he was a failure in his fathers eyes. He meets the most unlikely character, that becomes his wife.

In the end, all three families are joined together to watch a new succession of fathers and sons start anew.

What I really enjoyed about this movie is that it not only introduced us to the family but also led us through their good times and bad to conclusion. We weren’t left wondering how the segment was going to turn out or to make up our own story ending. I also like the continuity of the neighborhood, all sharing the same dream yet all living separate lives.

Each segment was written and directed quite well. I didn’t feel cheated or short changed when moving between the stories. Segment #2 starred John Mahoney & Kathy Baker as the married couple drifting separate ways. I liked Mahoney’s quiet interludes, where he really appeared to be concentrating on the problem at hand. As well, I liked Baker’s gentle reflections, sitting quietly waiting for the conclusion.

I particularly like the fact this was a actor generated piece with no technical whiz-bangs to clutter it up. Life can be cluttering and confusing enough on its own. The three segments seemed lifelike enough, each one appeared as something a family would go through.

The movie received no awards which I think is a shame. Too little attention is paid anymore to the softer side of life, the gentle cycle that makes the world exist.



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review by . May 19, 2010
"Fathers and Sons"    Three Families    Amos Lassen    Originally made for Showtime, "Fathers and Sons" is a collection of three intertwined tales about three families who grow up on the same street. The film, like the title says, looks at the relationship between fathers and sons. In the first part we meet Jenny and Anthony and we look at the bond between Anthony and his son over thirty years. In the second part we meet an airline pilot …
review by . September 01, 2005
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In many ways this film, originally made for Showtime audiences, feels like a triptych: there are three stories here written and directed by three men - Rodrigo García, Jared Rappaport, Rob Spera - with the unifying thread being that the three stories deal with three families who live on the same street. The technique of creating and producing each story is different, some more successful than others, but it does serve to enhance the concept that no two fathers and sons have the same sort of relationship.   …
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A heart warming saga filled with tender and poignant observations on the paternal-filial relationship. Fathers and Sons take a closer look into the lives of three suburban families who share the same street. Through stories that span time and multiple generations, the fathers and sons living on Caleb’s Path Road struggle to cross the chasm of alienation and past hurts to finally understand one another. With its honest and unflinching portrait of family life, Fathers and Sons will leave you uplifted about the potential of humanity and the promise of new beginnings.
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Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Showtime Ent.
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