By Jozza Alegre Palaganas
If you have nothing better to do on Father’s Day than pretend you’re a burrito and stay in bed all day, why not marathon these films and hurl yourself into the deep, dark abyss of daddy issues? Who knows, you might even feel better after.
Writer-director Mike Mills’ second full-length feature tells the touching story of how life happens to a father and son left in an unlikely circumstance. And by unlikely we mean mom dies – dad finally comes out of closet – dad gets diagnosed with cancer – dad and son can’t be happier. (Don’t worry, all that’s in the trailer.)
Richard Linklater’s epic production follows the life of a young boy after his parents’ divorce through a (literal) 12 year period. The coming of age tale sings the song of our longing for the absentee father, and how there’s never really justice—just relief—when they do come back.
The Tree of Life (2011)
Terrence Malick documents father and son in a time warp. He captures the everyday moments of “well-meaning” abuse from the father simply trying to toughen up the sons he loves, and the son’s fear in realizing he’s turning into his father, and it’s a fear that resonates.
Q: What kind of dad crosses time and space—through a freaking wormhole—just 1) to make sure you get to live a crop blight-free life, and so he’ll 2) see you again? A: An awesome one.