Minding the Gap (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.

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Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19)

The score by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero is sparse and beautiful and perfect. The editing is brilliant.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Much of "Minding the Gap" is painful to witness, but as past and present intersect and recombine and Liu's wealth of footage coalesces, the finished film becomes a cautiously hopeful and even cathartic experience.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's the movie Liu was born to make, the one he had to get off his chest before he could move on in his filmmaking career.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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The emotional intelligence Liu, Keire, and Zack demonstrate in their moments of self-analysis is what leaves Minding the Gap ending with something a lot like hope.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Minding the Gap feels deceptively loose, even rambling, but as the seasons pass (the film takes place over four years), you begin to feel Liu's drive toward catharsis for all three of his main characters.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"Minding the Gap" is a personal documentary of the highest sort, in which the film's necessity to the filmmaker-and its obstacles, its resistances, its emotional and moral demands on him-are part of its very existence.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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Bing Liu weaves together themes of masculine and societal expectations through his friends Keire and Zack. Such layers are bridges through the trioï¿ 1/2(TM)s skateboarding bond that has always been a point of escapism whether it be from each of their damaged upbringings or the trappings of adulthood they find themselves encountering and dealing (or not dealing) with. Some terrific editing and a few choice cuts specifically hammer home the clarity it seems Liu intended to chase.

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