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The Last New Yorker - Film Review

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Published September 21st 2013
Friends, shared futures & our choices
A tale of two old friends living in the rapidly changing city of New York, and perhaps experiencing their 2nd mid-life crisis. Set against the back drop of a city that is evolving as construction workers tear down the old and replace the new. Everything is beginning to change, wealth and power has begun to shift to the younger generation leaving the certainties of the old world behind.

The Last New Yorker Film Poster
Dominic Chianese and Dick Latessa in THE LAST NEW YORKER, a Brink Films release. Photo courtesy of Harvey Wang

The opening scene is Rueben, Lenny's oldest friend trying to keep up with him as they walk about the city. The two friends couldn't be more different the dapper Lenny and the diffident Rueben.

Lenny's confident exterior hides a fragile interior life that yearns for the dreams of his youth. The crux of the film finds both characters having to make life decisions, both yearning for a different kind of life. Beautifully shot revealing both the strength and frailty of the city and the people who life in it.

The Last New Yorker Film Poster
The Last New Yorker Film Poster, a Brink Films release. Photo courtesy of Harvey Wang

The two supporting roles of Lenny's stock broker nephew (Josh Hamilton) and Mimi (Kathleen Chalfant) his romantic interest, help to reveal how alone he feels and how he yearns for connections never won.

The main characters and their dialogue are well developed. There's no violence, no sex, just a beautifully told story. Well worth watching.
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Why? A wonderful film about 2 friends sharing a 3rd age crisis together
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