Best Boy premiered at the 17th New York Film Festival and went on to win the Academy Award and the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for best documentary. Thirty years later, we welcome back director Ira Wohl to discuss a remarkable and timeless journey.
Philip Wohl has been living with his parents in Queens his entire life, rarely straying from their loving, protective embrace. But his parents, Max and Pearl, are getting old and will soon need someone to care for them, let alone Philly. Enter Ira, camera crew in tow, capturing the gradual, at times awkward process of planning for his mentally challenged cousin’s future. Rarely had an American documentary offered such an intimate portrait of family life: never exploitative nor sensationalistic, the film captures the fear, pain, embarrassment, but especially the love in the relationship between Philly and his parents.