Following Sean
Following Sean (2006)

A child's perspective on the Haight-Ashbury counterculture of the 1960s informs filmmaker Ralph Arlyck's film concerning the perceptive and precocious four-year-old and his unique perspective on the chaos that was sweeping a nation.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly

Part of the film's charm lies in its evocation of a generational mural that includes old Marxists, flower children and the progeny of red-diaper babies.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Ralph Arlyck's ruminative essay film picks up the trail of Sean Farrell, the former child of San Francisco hippies and the subject of his 1969 short film Sean.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

While the film is ostensibly a "49 Up" style look at how Sean the child grew into the man, what it really is is a penetrating look at how Arlyck the young man grew into an old one.

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Gene Seymour

What emerges from Arlyck's musings is a penetrating cinematic essay on how generations in the last century struggled to take hold of history and reconfigure the shape of daily life.

Drew Tillman
Village Voice

Arlyck's compulsion is to our great fortune. Patient and elegant, his film is a quietly devastating meditation on family, work, and the unrelenting passage of time.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

A confused and ridiculous home movie.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Arlyck spends more time following himself and his own lefty family than checking up on Sean.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Arlyck's new film is an honest and thoughtful examination of the people and events that most influenced his adult life and what the '60s really meant to the bigger picture, viewed with the benefit of hindsight.

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Christopher Null

In what has become rather epidemic among U.S. documentary filmmakers, Ralph Arlyck's Following Sean is ultimately more about Ralph Arlyck than its ostensible title subject.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Following Sean is a good little documentary about Ralph Arlyck going back and meeting Sean Farrell 30 years after he interviewed him when he was just a kid.… More
Wu Chouin
Amazing doc. It's got plenty of subjects to examine. Now I wanna see 'Sean'
Tim Sigur
I HIGHly reccomend this doc to everyone.
Grifty G
interesting perspective on the late 60's and what came out of it.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In the 1960's filmmaker Ralph Arlyck lived for a time in the legendary Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. While there, he… More

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