Two white friends try to talk about race.
John Biewen, Seeing White Podcast
Serafima Serafimova, Short of the Week
“A Phone Call From My Best Friend” feels unusually prescient and urgent, especially during this current political moment of reckoning in America, when people are scrutinizing ideas about silence, politeness, “color-blindness” and neutrality and how they fit into the perpetuation of racism.
As a result, the film is a true conversation piece — a meta-conversation if you will — and is provocative not in the sense of fomenting extreme emotion, but offering a jumping-off point of self-reflection and thought. “A Phone Call From My Best Friend” is in many ways a quieter than expected film — disciplined, naturalistic, almost like an episode of whatever the HBO young urbanite show of the year is — but its impact is much bigger than initial appearances. It leaves its final questions in the hands of the audience to answer, as well as an uneasiness that’s up to us to reconcile and reckon with.”
“Coming at a time when questions like these need to be asked the most, this is a film that encourages us not to be complacent about our occupation of the moral high ground.”
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