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Moshe 05.07.2009 08:12 AM

Go Get Some Rosemary
a new film based on Lee's biography?

Go Get Some Rosemary l Benny Safdie
with Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo

EU / vo 100 min (35mm optics)

After months of loneliness, sadness, fun, freedom, removal of her children, Lenny, thirty-four years, the graying hair, picks up his children to school.
Each year, he spent two weeks with his son Sage, nine years, and Frey, seven years.

All this crammed little world as he can in a studio in the center of New York. Basically, Lenny hesitates between being their father or friend, and wished that these two weeks last six months.
During these fifteen days, a trip in northern New York State, visitors from strange countries, a mother, a girlfriend, blankets "magic", and the total anarchy takes their lives.

The film is a swan song of forgiveness and responsibility, paternity, personal experiences, and what we feel when we are torn between childhood and adulthood.

Moshe 05.07.2009 08:14 AM


tesla69 05.07.2009 03:00 PM

didn't realize lee was that virile!

Moshe 05.09.2009 11:13 AM


After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late and away from his kids, Lenny, 34 with graying frazzled hair, picks his kids up from school. Every year he spends a couple of weeks with his sons Sage, 9, and Frey, 7. Lenny juggles his kids and everything else all within a midtown studio apartment in New York City. He ultimately faces the choice of being their father or their friend all with the idea that these two weeks must last 6 months. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, "magic" blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives. The film is a swan song to excuses and responsibilities; to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it's like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult.

al shabbray 05.09.2009 11:16 AM

wanna see!!!!

nicfit 05.09.2009 11:16 AM

hey did any of you freaks here ever remember lenny?

al shabbray 05.09.2009 11:27 AM


blunderbuss 05.17.2009 07:25 AM

JET LAG, LACK OF SLEEP, watching four to six films a day, trying to remember how to conjugate the passť compose: All can contribute to a certain sense of the losing oneís grip, of not being able to separate dream and waking life. Did I really see a festooned baby elephant marching down the Croisette this afternoon? Was I really assaulted by a projectile sugar cube as I headed toward the Salle Debussy?

Mine wasnít the only notion of reality that was slightly askew: Cracked ideas about parenting dominated the dayís moviegoing. Tyros Josh and Bennie Safdie, both of whom had work in last yearís Directorsí Fortnight, returned to the Fortnight this year with their first feature collaboration, the oddly buoyant Go Get Some Rosemary. Starring Ronald Bronstein (director of last yearís Frownland) as Lenny, a wiry, divorced NYC dad taking care of his two young sons, Sage and Frey (exceptionally spirited half-pints Sage and Frey Ranaldo), for two weeks in New York, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009) demonstrates that father knows worst. When Lenny, a film projectionist, has to go into work unexpectedly but canít find a sitter, he figures giving his kids a third of a sedative so they can be unconscious for several hours is better than having them wake up and flip out when they see no oneís home. Rosemary, much like Josh Safdieís The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), assembles a superb cast of weirdos orbiting around a profoundly flawed main character. Though at times borderline psychotic, Lenny is often the perfect playmate for his sonsómaybe because his sense of logic is about as developed as an eight-year-oldís.

blunderbuss 05.17.2009 07:30 AM


barnaclelapse 05.17.2009 10:41 AM

That sounds good.

ybag_girl 05.18.2009 03:40 PM

nice photos from Cannes

Lee is Free 05.20.2009 11:15 AM

Rosemary facts n fiction

Cannes was a blast--a real thrill for us all. To set the record straight: the film's story is based on that of director/brothers Josh & Benny Safdie's childhood w their dad, nothing to do with me! And my kids were street-cast by Josh about 2 years ago while out walking w Leah, again w no knowledge of me or SY or anything like that. Here's a link to the official Cannes Quinsaine site w pictures of the week and the premiere:


Lee is Free 05.20.2009 11:25 AM

some early reviews of Rosemary---



blunderbuss 05.20.2009 11:46 AM

More National Enquirer reporting, Moshe? :rolleyes:

jennthebenn 05.20.2009 11:53 AM

"Go Get Some Creamsicle"

Tokolosh 05.20.2009 12:12 PM

Will be interesting to see how Leah and the kids performed.

ybag_girl 05.20.2009 05:16 PM

hey i want to see!!

diskaholic-anonymous 05.20.2009 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by ybag_girl
hey i want to see!!

hey! we want to see it !! popcorns?


ybag_girl 05.20.2009 05:54 PM


Originally Posted by diskaholic-anonymous
hey! we want to see it !! popcorns?


yeah. with popcorns and beer

blunderbuss 05.22.2009 12:49 AM

Go Get Some Rosemary
review by ROB NELSON

A Neistat Scott and Associates presentation of a Sophie Dulac Prods./Red Bucket Films production. Produced by Casey Neistat, Tom Scott. Co-producers, Sam Lisenco, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Brett Jutkiewicz, Zach Treitz, Michel Zana. Executive producer, Andy Spade. Directed, written by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie.

With: Ronnie Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo, Victor Puccio, Eleonore Hendricks, Sean Williams, Dakota Goldhor, Aren Topdjian, Abel Ferrara, Leah Singer, Salvie Sansone, Jake Braff, Lee Ranaldo

Even more than "The Pleasure of Being Robbed," their previous work of indie pranksterism, Josh and Benny Safdie's comedic drama "Go Get Some Rosemary" tests the viewer's tolerance for a protagonist whose flighty irresponsibility borders on unforgivable -- and arguably extends to the filmmakers. Darlings of the Directors' Fortnight, the Safdies have at least improved the tech credits on their Gotham-set sophomore feature, though their shaky-cam affectations remain mildly sick-making, seemingly by design. Cassavetes-esque tale of a man-child's attempt to juggle work and family while remaining immune to adulthood will likely delight the sibling auteurs' marginal fanbase without much expanding it.

Played with long sideburns and shifty eyes by Ronnie Bronstein, maker of the similarly grungy but vastly superior "Frownland," Lennie, a divorced projectionist and father of two, is introduced at a hot-dog shop stubbornly buying two six-inch wieners and a footlong bun, which he soon spills on the grass while hopping a New York park fence -- inspiring a laughing fit from the character, if not from many viewers. Lennie likewise fails in his efforts to keep his two young boys, Sage and Frey (brothers Sage and Frey Ranaldo), from falling out of his feeble grasp during the latest annual two-week stretch away from Mom (Leah Singer).

Without dwelling on the sordid details, the combination of Dad's demanding work schedule and brutally inept parenting skills leads to various scenes of child jeopardy that stand to strike viewers as darkly funny, beyond the pale or both.

In keeping with the character's waywardness, digressive bits of business abound, as when Lennie shares a close encounter with a woman he had impulsively bought a drink and later dreams of a gigantic insect. Like "The Pleasure of Being Robbed," the new film features an impromptu road trip, this time upstate, which presumably saves on production costs while contributing little of substance to the meager story.

While not entirely unlikable, "Rosemary" peaks too early with a scene of the kids -- dragged along to the rep house where Lennie spins his reels -- drawing a vaguely vulgar comicstrip and then surreptitiously Xeroxing hundreds of copies. That these sheets are soon whisked away by a strong New York street breeze seems representative of the Safdies' desire to throw narrative caution to the wind as well. Alas, this film about the bittersweet virtues of wanton spontaneity never invites its audience along for the ride in any earnest manner.

The actors, including "Pleasure" star Eleonore Hendricks as Lennie's g.f. Leni (ha ha), may well be talented, but it's impossible to tell from the Safdies' combination of fast cutting and a camera that practically swings between f-stops. Cameo appearances by New York hipsters Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Abel Ferrara (as a heat-packing street hustler) help boost the coolness quotient. The film's odd title draws from a late scene in which Lennie brusquely orders his kids to go get some groceries.

Camera (color), Brett Jutkiewicz, Josh Safdie; sound, Zachary Trietz, Benny Safdie; editors, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Jutkiewicz, Ronald Bronstein; production designer, Sam Lisenco; art director, Ariel Schulman; associate producers, Eleonore Hendricks, Matt Walker, Charles Merzbacher; casting, Eleonore Hendricks, Alex Kalman. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight), May 16, 2009. Running time: 100 MIN. 1117940272&cs=1

Elsewhere... some guy on a blog quotes Lee in a tuxedo as one of his Cannes celebrity spots. That's a pic I'd love to see :)

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