Cinema: Let Us Now Praise Little Men

Youth is a time of anguish, mystery and heroism in the darkly rhapsodic indie film George Washington

The two sit, their backs to a wall, parsing the end of their affair. "Did you think we were gonna be together forever?" Nasia says, as much in elegy as in anger. "I just can't stand you anymore." Buddy, flailing for a lifeline, asks, "Can I say I'm sorry?" Nasia says it's too late. So he asks, "Can I kiss you one last time?" But she wants a different parting gift: "Tell me that you love me." He is silent. "Do you love me?" she asks. Buddy looks away. What can a 13-year-old boy say to a 12-year-old girl who has...

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