Scoprendo Forrester (film di Gus Van Sant del 2000)

SCOPRENDO FORRESTER è un film del 2000 diretto da Gus Van Sant ed interpretato da Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Nouri e Anna Paquin.

Jamal Wallace è un giovane dai natali del Bronx abbandonato dal padre in tenera età e cresciuto dalla madre. Il sedicenne ha talento nella scrittura e nella pallacanestro ma si erge solo in quest’ultima, poiché crede sia l’unico modo per farsi accettare in un ambiente duro, finché incontra l’attempato e solitario William Forrester, scrittore premio Pulitzer per il romanzo AVALON LANDING che, dopo un’iniziale riluttanza, accetta di diventare l’insegnante privato di Jamal a condizione di non rivelare niente di lui all’esterno. Diventati amici, il maestro confessa all’allievo perché ancora giovane scelse di ritirarsi dopo un solo libro pubblicato: William infatti rimase distrutto dalla scomparsa dei genitori e del fratello e, mentre lo stesso era steso sul tavolo mortuario, un’incauta infermiera gli chiese del suo libro, cosa che lo spinse ad uscire di scena. Il professor Crawford intanto pensa che gli scritti di Jamal pecchino di originalità e gli impone di scusarsene col consiglio scolastico ma il ragazzo oppone il suo diniego e chiede aiuto al mentore che, recatosi a scuola, legge una lettera che suscita applausi a scena aperta tra i presenti prima che Forrester sorprenda tutti affermando che l’autore non è lui bensì Jamal Wallace, “mio amico”, persuadendo il presidente del consiglio scolastico a riabilitare il talentuoso studente che, tempo dopo, viene convocato dal signor Sanderson che gli comunica la triste notizia del decesso di William Forrester.

Van Sant, dopo i fasti di WILL HUNTING, dirige un film che a suo modo lo ricorda nel rapporto maestro/allievo fatte le dovute proporzioni, scavando nei valori umani, nella voglia di emergere ed in quella di tornare in “pista”. Da segnalare il triste cameo nel finale del “genio ribelle” Matt Damon ed il ruolo del professor Spence interpretato da Michael Nouri, reso celebre da FLASHDANCE nel 1983.

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