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"B. ADAPTED FROM JAMES FRANCO’S SHORT STORIES AND TOLD IN THREE ACTS (EACH FOLLOWING A DIFFERENT FIFTH-GRADE BOY), THIS QUIET, CONTEMPLATIVE FILM FOCUSES ON SUBURBAN PALO ALTO IN 1985 AS A MOUNTAIN LION SKULKS AROUND THE EDGE OF TOWN. FRANCO GIVES ONE OF HIS MOST SUBTLE PERFORMANCES YET AS A RECOVERING-ALCOHOLIC FATHER, AND THE THREE YOUNG NEWCOMERS’ PERFORMANCES ARE HONEST AND AFFECTING, CAPTURING WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE ADRIFT AND ON THE VERGE OF ADOLESCENCE."
- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


"HIS BOOKS PALO ALTO AND A CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD HAVE NOW BEEN ADAPTED INTO TWO QUITE GOOD FILMS. THERE’S REAL SUSPENSE ABOUT WHAT KIND OF STORY THIS WILL BE… LIKE ITS SCENES ARE A LIFE YOU ARE OBSERVING RATHER THAN STAGED APPROXIMATIONS."
- THE VILLAGE VOICE


"INTIMATE AND AFFECTING... IMPRESSIVE.... ABSORBING. DEMEESTERE SHOWS ACUTE SENSITIVITY IN HER UNDERSTANDING OF BOYS AND THEIR GROWING AWARENESS OF THE WORLD, WITH ITS REAL AND IMAGINED MENACES. THE MOVIE SUCCEEDS ON ITS OWN QUIET TERMS, BINDING THE THREE PARTS TOGETHER WITH ASSURANCE AND TONAL CONSISTENCY TO CAST A LINGERING SPELL."
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


"QUIETLY IMPRESSIVE. YOSEMITE PAYS OFF IN AN AUTHENTICITY THAT PERVADES BOTH INDIVIDUAL SCENE RHYTHMS AND PERFORMANCES."
- VARIETY


"BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURES THE FEARFUL MAJESTY OF BOYHOOD. A HAUNTING METAPHOR FOR THE LOOMING SHADOW OF ADOLESCENCE... GENTLE AND INTIMATE... A MELANCHOLIC PURITY WHICH CLENCHES THE HEART. IT'S A MATURE DEBUT THAT FIRMLY PLANTS THE DIRECTOR AS A PHENOMENAL TALENT TO WATCH."
- TWITCHFILM


"EVOCATIVE AND NICELY OBSERVED… PERFORMANCES ARE NATURALISTIC AND ENGAGING"
- LOS ANGELES TIMES


"A CHARMING PERFORMANCE BY FRANCO"
- ENTERTAINMENT VOICE


"INTRIGUING... UNIQUE... HAUNTING... FRAUGHT WITH TENSION. THESE YOUNG ACTORS ARE TREMENDOUS"
- SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS


"YOSEMITE IS A STIRRING LOOK AT THE VULNERABILITY AND ALIENATION OF LATE CHILDHOOD."
- VOGUE


"IT'S GARNERED MANY COMPARISONS TO THE COMING-OF-AGE CLASSIC STAND BY ME, BUT DEMEESTERE'S FILM, WHICH FRANCO ALSO STARS IN, IS MORE LYRICAL AND MEASURED."
- NYLON


"YOSEMITE IS SURE TO PLEASE... STRIKING REPRESENTATION OF CHILDHOOD AND FRIENDSHIP. HENRY HOPPER IS MEMORABLE AND JAMES FRANCO IS BRILLIANT. GREAT PERFORMANCES FROM ALL INVOLVED AND A SUPERBLY INTERLACED STORY."
- SLUG MAGAZINE


"THE 13 INDIES YOU MUST SEE THIS JANUARY. YOSEMITE: MIXING THEMES OF ADOLESCENCE AND FRIENDSHIP, THE MOVIE IS A LIGHT AND SENSITIVE VENTURE INTO THE NOSTALGIA OF FRANCO"
- INDIEWIRE


"3 1/2 STARS. 7 OUT OF 10. THE FEATURE WORKS THE GRAY AREA SUPERBLY, KEEPING VIEWERS ON EDGE. IT’S AN EASY PICTURE TO GET LOST IN, HANDLING URGES, QUESTIONS, AND OBSERVATIONS WITH SATISFACTORY CARE."
- BLU-RAY.COM


"B. A LOOK INTO A TIME AND PLACE POPULATED BY YOUNG BOYS APPROACHING THE END OF INNOCENCE. THIS IS A BOY’S LIFE. I GREW UP TWO THOUSAND MILES AWAY FROM PALO ALTO, BUT I’VE WALKED THESE STREETS, FOLLOWED THESE TRAIN TRACKS, AND STRUGGLED WITH EMOTIONAL DISTANCE BETWEEN FRIENDS BEFORE I EVEN KNEW WHAT THE HELL THAT MEANT."
- FILM SCHOOL REJECTS


"3 STARS. DEMEESTERE SCORES POINTS WITH THIS LOW-KEY SLOW BURN WHICH FEATURES NATURALISTIC PERFORMANCES FROM ITS THREE YOUNG LEADS."
- IONCINEMA


"THE YOUNG FRENCH-BORN FILMMAKER GABRIELLE DEMEESTERE CAN BE AN OBSERVANT AND RESOURCEFUL SIMULATOR OF LOVELY SMALL MOMENTS."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES


"THIS IS FRANCO’S BOYHOOD, A COLLECTION OF SCENES SKETCHING OUT MANY FACETS OF THAT PHASE OF LIFE - CALLOWNESS, CRUELTY, COMPASSION AND COMIC BOOKS. AND CURIOSITY. SOLID PERFORMANCES BY PROMISING YOUNG ACTORS."
- ROGERS MOVIE NATION


"AN EARNEST EXAMINATION OF THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE"
- KAM WILLIAMS, BARRET NEWS WIRE


Synopsis

It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.


Cast & Crew

Written by: Gabrielle Demeestere

Directed by: Gabrielle Demeestere

Produced by: Clara Aranovich, Shruti Rya Ganguly, Nicolaas Bertelsen, Sev Ohanian, Paul Bernon, Sam Slater

Executive Producers: Vince Jolivette and James Franco


Starring: James Franco (Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe Winner, 2-time Independent Spirit Award Winner; 127 Hours, Milk, This is the End, Spider-Man, The Interview), Henry Hopper (Restless, The Color of Time), Everett Meckler (Emily and Billy), Alec Mansky, Calum John (Monsters University)

Henry Hopper

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"Yosemite," is a low-key drama whose modesty is its own reward. What's refreshing here is the insistence on viewing events through the perspective of three fifth-grade boys for whom seemingly minor events (a falling out between friends, a lost pet, etc.) can loom much larger than the Major Issues (parental divorce, a family death) that might dominate a more conventional narrative. Following a year of fest travel, Monterey Media plans a U.S. theatrical launch on Jan. 8, with VOD and DVD following in late February - savvy scheduling for a quietly impressive film that would likely get overlooked amid flashier awards-season releases. (more)





















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