SEE THE WORLD A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY.
An American (David Duchovny) in Paris tells his wife what it was like growing up in Greenwich Village and hanging out with a retarded man (Robin Williams). Duchovny’s semi-autobiographical directing debut is a sweet story that depends almost entirely on its actors. Anton Yelchin is excellent as the 13-year-old; Williams may have played childlike men too many times… but he certainly does it well. There’s nothing sensational about the story and some of the ingredients are unconvincing, but Duchovny handles his clichés well; the movie and its emotional content grows on you.
2005-U.S. 97 min. Color. Written and directed by David Duchovny. Cast: Anton Yelchin (Tom Warshaw, age 13), David Duchovny (Tom Warshaw), Robin Williams (Pappass), Téa Leoni, Erykah Badu, Frank Langella… Orlando Jones.
Trivia: Williams’s daughter Zelda plays Tom Warshaw’s first love.