D is­turbs

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new leaf. And then he starts the cy­cle all over again.

is an hon­est por­trait of how ad­dic­tion af­fects fam­i­lies. It’s ugly and messy, with mo­ments of grace and hope, but mostly de­s­pair.

The film is based on a pair of mem­oirs, one by Nic Sh­eff and one by David Sh­eff, and di­rected by Bel­gian film-maker Felix van Groenin­gen in his English lan­guage de­but.

Van Groenin­gen di­rects the melded sto­ries in an of­ten dis­ori­ent­ing way, jump­ing back and for­ward in time.

Some jumps make sense, like

David sit­ting in a cafe and wait­ing for his grown son to meet him af­ter a ben­der, and re­mem­ber­ing sit­ting at that same ta­ble years ago goof­ing around with Nic as a younger child.

Oth­ers are just con­fus­ing. Per­haps dis­ori­en­ta­tion is the point.

The edit­ing choices can make this film seem oc­ca­sion­ally like one ex­tended mon­tage or mu­sic video.

Van Groenin­gen also tends to favour flash­backs to var­i­ous stages of Nic’s pre-teen child­hood as

David looks ador­ingly on his sweet, in­no­cent son. Are we to be sur­prised that an ad­dict could have once been a sweet and in­no­cent child?

It is a frus­trat­ing di­ver­sion, mainly be­cause the best parts of Beau­ti­ful

Boy are when Carell and Cha­la­met are to­gether. I won­der whether there is a ver­sion of this movie that ex­ists where the time­line is straight, and it is just laser fo­cused on Nic’s ups and downs since he started us­ing drugs?

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