Sunday, May 12, 2019
"Mickey and the Bear" will deal with filial responsibility when the parent is addicted
“Mickey and the Bear”, directed by Annabelle Annatasio (83 min), was the other important film at the Maryland Film Festival that I missed due to schedules.
The protagonist Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone), 18, struggles with unelected family responsibility in her last year of high school, as she has to take care of her widower Iraq War veteran father, addicted and with PTSD, played by James Badge Dale.
She has her own goals of going to college on the West Coast, which her filial responsibility deprives her of. And her boyfriend (Ben Rosenfield) wants to get her pregnant.
The film was shot in Anaconda, MN, which I visited in 1981 (it snowed in May).