Tribeca Film Festival: "Boulevard" Review

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A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.
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Well, I officially saw the most unexpected film so far of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. That is probably because I didn’t read all that much about the Dito Montiel directed film Boulevard, and sort of went in not knowing what to expect. I know Robin Williams, who plays banker Nolan Mack, can do a dramatic role as we have all scene in Good Will Hunting, and What Dreams May Come but this role definitely does not have the comic relief of a movie like Patch Adams. There is comedy in the film though, especially with his best friend Winston played by the outstanding actor Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad.

The film begins with Nolan holding a veil of illusions over his life but not his personality. He is a very gentle man who loves his wife Joy, played by Kathy Baker, and seems to appreciate his job and place in this world. Everything takes a literal turn when he leaves his dying father’s hospital bed and goes down a street he has never gone down before and almost runs over a young male prostitute named Leo (Giles Matthey).

Leo becomes Nolan’s focus and after seeing his father’s life coming to it’s end, he embraces his love for this young man and faces what he has for so longed tried to hide. His wife becomes suspicious of him, but also sees a determination in his eyes she has never seen before. Kathy Baker gives such a remarkable performance and I think there will be people out there that can relate to her tough situation.

Montiel leaves a lot to the imagination when it comes to Nolan and Leo. You aren’t going to be seeing a filthy movie about about a young gay prostitute. You will see a very different style of film about a man dealing with his life long secret and having to lose everything he has in order to get where he wants to be. This is a good film and a beautiful edition to the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.