Following Sean

Rated NR 87 minutes 2006

In 1969, Ralph Arlyck made a short film about a young boy named Sean. Arlyck was living in San Francisco, at Haight and Cole, one of the epicenters of '60s psychedelic, drop-out youth culture; Sean was the child of an open marriage and, at four, smoked pot, could identify junkies, and complained about the cops. Twenty-five years later, Arlyck returns to San Francisco to find Sean and see how he's doing. The result is a documentary that, while attempting to engage all kinds of interesting questions about family, personality, and politics, is ultimately unsatisfying. Sean the child was funny and opinionated and open, playing with his feet and challenging his interviewer. Sean the adult is reserved and seemingly pretty simple. Either he's not a reflective person or he's not comfortable sharing himself with the camera; either way, Sean comes across as a likable, ordinary guy who enjoys ordinary-guy pursuits (guns and cars) and wants to create a good life for himself and his family. Other than that, nothing.

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Director: Ralph Arlyck

Writer: Ralph Arlyck

Producer: Ralph Arlyck and Malcolm Pullinger

Cast: Ralph Arlyck and Sean Farrell

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