Indian Origin film-maker Vikram Gandhi ‘s film on the college days of the current USA President opened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Barry has been acquired by Netflix following its premiere last week in the coveted fest.
Barry stars Devon Terrell as the 20-year-old Obama as he goes about discovering his identity as a transfer student at Columbia University in 1981.
A joint production of Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media, the film was produced by Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman and Ben Stillman and Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe, along with Ghandhi and was written by Adam Mansbach. The cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Ellar Coltrane and Avi Nash.
Let us have a look at the reviews it gathered at the Toronto Film Festival:
1. Barry is a real movie about real problems, that just happens to be about a real person. Its final scene, one of the more perfect in a film this year, settles on something Barry-soon-to-be-Barack will be very familiar with: hope. – The Guardian (Thumbs Up)
2. Set in 1981, a canny and absorbing drama paints a highly convincing portrait of Barack Obama when he was a 20-year-old college student in New York, still piecing together who he was. – Variety (Thumbs Up)
3. “Barry” is an involving and credible portrait of a smart young man with a good deal of growing and learning yet to do. – The Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
4. A newcomer and a natural (and an Australian!), Terrell almost singlehandedly elevates “Barry” from a cutesy time capsule into something a bit richer and more alive. – indieWIRE (Thumbs Up)
5. Barry is much more about race and identity in America than what our nation’s first African-American president did when he was in college. It’s a thoughtful, intelligent film that also happens to be mighty entertaining. – Colllider (Thumbs Up)
6. When it’s on, Barry isn’t really a movie about politics or the creation myth of Barack Obama. It’s a movie for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t fit in, and maybe won’t ever. – FilmDrunk (Thumbs Up)