First Look: Greg Kinnear Raises the Rent and a Kid Rift in 'Little Men' (Exclusive)

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Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle in 'Little Men'

Ira Sachs' new film, premiering at Sundance, explores a life-defining friendship in the midst of familial turmoil as the bond between a new pair of best friends is tested by their parents' battle over a dress-shop lease in New York City.

A desperate decision made by Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle causes a rift with their son in The Hollywood Reporter's first look at Little Men.

The new film from Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) explores a life-defining friendship in the midst of familial turmoil, as the bond between a new pair of best friends is tested by their parents' battle over a dress-shop lease in New York City.

Thirteen-year-old Jake (Theo Taplitz) and his parents -- Brian, a struggling actor (Kinnear) and Kathy (Ehle), a psychotherapist -- find themselves moving back into their old Brooklyn home, just above the dress shop of single mother Leonor (Gloria's Paulina Garcia in her first major English-language role) and her charismatic son Tony (Michael Barbieri). When the couple decide to raise the rent on Leonor, a feud ignites between the adults and strains the formative kinship between Jake and Tony, who dream of attending the same prestigious arts high school together.

"Inspired by some of my favorite films -- movies like Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol, Jean Eustache's My Little Loves, and George Roy Hill's ode to New York City childhood, The World of Henry Orient -- I set out to make a kids' film for both kids and adults," Sachs tells THR. "With this great ensemble, I was also able to make a film about the fragility of all of us who try our best to navigate the small moral decisions that end up resonating in very big ways in our lives." 

The film is produced by Sachs and Lucas Joaquin, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Jim Lande and Laura Teodosio in association with Faliro House, Parts & Labor, Race Point Films, Raptor Films, RT Features, Water’s End Productions and Buffalo 8 Productions. It will make its world premiere on Jan. 25 at Sundance Film Festival, where it will be seeking a distributor.

See more exclusive photos from Little Men below.

Tony (Michael Barbieri) and Jake (Theo Taplitz)

Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Leonor (Paulina Garcia)

Tony (Michael Barbieri)

Leonor (Paulina Garcia)

Jake (Theo Taplitz)

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