George is a high school student who has made into his senior year without ever really doing any work. Not because he is lazy, more because he has realized that he will one day die. So what is the point of homework? He has become a loner; retreating into the one thing he is good at—his art. Carefully he avoids anything resembling real life.

Then he meets Sally, and George finds a kindred spirit. She tries to get him to open up more and meet people, while he teaches her the art of cutting classes. Eventually, his lack of producing any work in school catches up to him. He now stands before an ultimatum: either to finish a year's worth of unfinished works in three weeks, or not graduating.

Director Gavin Wiesen gives a lot of heart to this coming of age story. Freddie Highmore impresses with his performance as George, making us see that George has the raw talent, even though he lacks the ambition to advance in life.

Title
The Art of Getting By
Director
Gavin Wiesen
Country
USA
Length
83 min
Festival
2011
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Sasha Spielberg, Marcus Carl Franklin
Producer
Kara Baker, P. Jennifer Dana, Darren Goldberg, Gia Walsh
Script
Gavin Wiesen
Music
Alec Puro

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