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Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, with Robert Pattinson, Gets New Trailer and Poster

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Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, with Robert Pattinson, Gets New Trailer and Poster

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Safdie Brothers’ Good Time, with Robert Pattinson, Gets New Trailer and Poster

We were among the first to see Joshua and Ben Safdie’s Good Time when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. One of our critics on the scene described it as one of the brother filmmakers’ harrowing odysseys of the marginalized, and later pegged Robert Pattinson to win the festival’s best actor prize (which ended up going to Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here). The plot of the film spins out from a bank heist that—as they are prone to do—goes wrong. Pattinson stars as Connie, the heist’s mastermind who’s hell bent on busting out his mentally handicapped brother, Nick (Ben Safdie), from Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. According to our critic: “If this premise sounds like typical genre fare, the Safdies get that and they deliver: Good Time is an action-packed, neon-streaked rush, all elaborate scenarios, racing against time, and police in hot pursuit.”

Cannes Film Festival 2017 Joshua and Ben Safdie’s Good Time

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Cannes Film Review: Good Time

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Cannes Film Review: Good Time

Joshua and Ben Safdie’s Good Time is another one of the brother filmmakers’ harrowing odysseys of the marginalized. The plot, kicking off in New York City before moving to the suburbs, spins out from a failed bank heist, as the mentally handicapped Nick (Ben Safdie) is arrested and jailed at Riker’s Island before then being moved to Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. Nick’s resourceful brother, Connie (Robert Pattinson), the mastermind of the heist, works on a scheme to get him out. If this premise sounds like typical genre fare, the Safdies get that and they deliver: Good Time is an action-packed, neon-streaked rush, all elaborate scenarios, racing against time, and police in hot pursuit. But this is also a film from the same people that made the emotionally devastating Heaven Knows What, and underneath this film’s barrage of incident and its screaming score (composed by Oneohtrix Point Never) is a sense of intimacy and emotional vulnerability.