Donald Cried

Returning home to working class Warwick, Rhode Island, Peter Latang encounters childhood friend Donald Treebeck for what starts as a simple favor and turns into a long van ride into two friends past.


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  • ★★★★½ review by James Healey on Letterboxd

    New Directors/New Films 45: Film #2

    Donald Cried? More like James Cried, from laughing. Funniest film I've seen in a theater since last year's Entertainment which also played ND/NF. Donald Cried actually reminds me of Entertainment a bit, as well as The Color Wheel. On par with both, possibly better. Saw much raw talent on display here from everyone, but especially from Director/Writer/Actor Kris Averdisian who gives my favorite performance of the year next to Krisha Fairchild from Krisha. Best to go into this blind because you'll be completely surprised with how fantastic this is. Crossing my fingers it plays at Cannes so I can see it again there with friends.

  • ★★★★ review by Alex Kolpan on Letterboxd

    That Face/Off reference is too good

  • ★★★★ review by Pat Healy on Letterboxd

    This movie was a wonderful surprise. Really hilarious, original and human. Do your best to catch it in a theatre with an audience. It's funny as hell. Limited release 3/3/17.

  • ★★★★ review by Anika on Letterboxd

    I grew up in that town and I've met all of those people.

  • ★★★½ review by Mika Strouse on Letterboxd

    An indie comedy, directed by debut feature filmmaker Kristopher Avedisian. Avedisian also stars in the movie, as the title role, and he co-wrote the screenplay as well, with Kyle Espeleta and Jesse Wakeman (all debut feature screenwriters). The film costars Wakeman, Louisa Krause and Ted Arcidi. It tells the story of a man, named Peter, who returns to his small hometown when his grandmother dies, and runs into his old (very awkward) childhood friend Donald. The two spend the day together, when Donald agrees to do Peter a favor, and they recollect on many old memories together. The film premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest film festival, and it's now available for viewing on Netflix. I found it to be extremely awkward, and uncomfortable to watch, but it's also oddly true to life, and somewhat moving.

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