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Felicia Feaster’s Father’s Day Films Offer Uncommon Tenderness

Film critic Felicia Feaster selected some of her favorite movies featuring unconventional and endearing dads.
Film critic Felicia Feaster selected some of her favorite movies featuring unconventional and endearing dads.
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In honor of Father’s Day, film critic and co-founder of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle, Felicia Feaster selected some of her favorite movies featuring unconventional and endearing dads.

Feaster introduced her selection this way:

All of the films I have chosen, from the postapocalyptic film The Road based on a Pulitzer Prize winning Cormac McCarthy novel to Spike Lee’s Crooklyn acknowledge the sense of deep love and responsibility that fathers have for their children, but also how hard the job of being a father is.

I guess I have a preference for complicated dads or dads dealing with a crisis of some sort and almost all of the films I have chosen could fall into one of those two categories.

I think in film as in life, men and fathers by extension aren’t always allowed to show their depth, sensitivity and the complex demands put upon them by our society. The films I have chosen really spotlight what it means to be a father in the most nuanced, poignant way imaginable.

Due to time constraints, some selections on the list of Father’s Day Films were not discussed. The complete selection is listed below:

  • Bicycle Thief
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Crooklyn
  • Leave No Trace
  • The Other F Word
  • Paper Moon
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Road