Good Time

Independent filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie built their hard-edged, over-the-top crime drama on a base of brotherly love: feeling responsible, enterprising Connie tries to get his younger brother Nick out of jail.

Good Time
United States 2017
  • Czech
102 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Connie talks his beloved brother into robbing a bank, and it would likely have succeeded but for Nick’s limited understanding: he alone ends up in the hands of the police. While Connie tries to hunt down bail money to spring Nick, he discovers there are other ways to get his brother out of jail. Thus begins Connie’s protrac­ted, nerve-racking search through a New York night reminiscent of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Independent NYC filmmaking duo Josh and Benny Safdie have constructed their hard-edged, over-the-top crime drama around the theme of brotherly love: mercurial Connie will do whatever it takes to help intellectually-disabled Nick, never once balking at the risks he takes to save him. Impressive, hair-raising scenes of violence alternate with long verbal outbursts by the two-bit denizens of the underworld, and here the fluid grace of Robert Pattinson’s blond character Connie commands center stage. For the role of the slow but volatile Nick, co-director Benny Safdie dove in with gusto.

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Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Screenplay: Joshua Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Cinematography: Sean Price Williams
Music: Daniel Lopatin / Oneohtrix Point Never
Sound: Evan Mangiamele, Ryan M. Price
Editing: Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Production Design: Sam Lisenco
Producer: Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Terry Dougas
Co-production: Brendan McHugh
Costumes: Miyako Bellizzi, Mordechai Rubinstein
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi, Ben Safdie, Souleymane Sy Savane, Buddy Duress, Mahadeo Shivraj, Cliff Moylan

Cannes Film Festival

2017 – Daniel Lopatin (Best Composer)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.