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DISC D: Justin Lerner w/ Evan Snei­der, Shan­non Wood­ward. U.S.. 94 min. Sep 12, 7:45 pm Sco­tia­bank 2; Sep 13, 7:15 pm Sco­tia­bank 1; Sep 19, 12:30 pm Sco­tia­bank 3 Rat­ing: NNNNN Boy meets girl. Boy has Down Syn­drome and a wad of cash. Girl is a sin­gle mom who can’t af­ford rent. It’s a re­mark­able and fas­ci­nat­ing re­la­tion­ship be­cause it’s based on mu­tual des­per­a­tion and ex­ploita­tion.

Lerner han­dles his touchy ma­te­rial with sen­si­tiv­ity and for the most part ma­tu­rity, which must have been a chal­lenge con­sid­er­ing his star ac­tu­ally has Down Syn­drome. Un­for­tu­nately, he gives in to over­wrought dra­matic turns near the end that cheapen what up to that point was a spare, coura­geous and hon­est film.

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