With Daddy Longlegs (formerly known as Go Get Some Rosemary), Josh and Benny Safdie have crafted a realistic fairy tale that captures the magic—and perils—of parenthood, invoking memories of their inventive dad from their own childhood.
Divorced and alone, Lenny (the perfectly cast Ronald Bronstein) is the father of two young boys he gets to see a couple of weeks a year. He cherishes these days with the kids, being both stern parent and lovable buddy,
inventing myths and somehow living them, all while working overtime in the big city. When the going gets tough, Lenny uses some unusual, perhaps even
hazardous, techniques to keep the kids safe from the world.
Because of the film’s fluid style, we feel that we are in the boxing ring alongside Lenny, as flawed as he is charismatic, champion of each day, yet totally black and blue. As the storm of society continually rains on him, Lenny laughs through it all. Isn’t life crazy?
“The heart of the movie is the brilliant, audacious performance of Bronstein, himself a notable director.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Independent Spirit Winner (John Cassavetes Award) and Nominee (Best Male Lead, Ronald Bronstein)
Gotham Award Winner, Breakthrough Performance (Ronald Bronstein)
“He (Lenny) is completely appalling, and also completely himself, a kind of mad, disturbing integrity that is both matched and mitigated by the honesty of this lovely, hair-raising film.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Daddy's eye-of-the-storm camerawork and Bronstein's brilliantly unpredictable performance combine to create a film that looks like a relic of the late '70s, but feels urgent.” - Karina Longworth, The Village Voice
“At its best, this beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work.” - Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
“Daddy Longlegs may shock you, but it will also make you reexamine your ideas about parenthood, and what it means to be a father.” - Jennie Yabroff, Newsweek
“A funny, fantastic, genuinely alarming quasi-autobiographical cheapster by twentysomething New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.” - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
“Bronstein's performance is crucial. It's difficult to make a manic character plausible, but he does.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Finds the wunderkind filmmakers venturing into an even deeper, more heartfelt place...Whimsical, inventive, and humorous, but it also throbs with struggle and heartache.” - Michael Tully, indieWIRE
“Daddy Longlegs is a discovery destined for year-end top ten critics lists and comparisons to classics like Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves are expected.” - Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
“Phenomenal!” - Steve Dollar, Paste Magazine