In Marin / CONVERSATION
GRAY-GREEN STRETCHES of roll- ing farmland, an oak-sheltered glass and redwood home, the broad white sand beaches of Point Reyes seashore — the film
Beautiful Boy hits close to home, especially for
those of us who live in Marin.
Based on the paired memoirs of journalist David Sheff (Beautiful Boy) and his son
Nic Sheff (T weak), the film is a portrayal of a
father coping with his teen son’s addiction to
methamphetamine and the addicted teen’s
struggle not just to get sober, but to stay alive.
David Sheff and his wife, Karen Barbour,
moved to Marin almost three decades ago and
raised Nic and their two younger children
in West Marin. The film’s stars, Steve Carell
and Timothée Chalamet, give powerful performances, all the more heart-wrenching for
viewers who will recognize the roads, mountains, cliffs and coves of our beloved home
county. The cinematic artistry of Beautiful
Boy only elucidates the family’s experience of
a living hell set in a magnificent natural world.
The true story of a West
Marin family’s battle with
addiction and its aftermath
makes it to the big screen.
BY KIRSTEN JONES NEFF