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.