Beautiful Boy achieves its pathos as the previously loving relationship between father (Steve Carell) and son (Timothee Chalamet) withers in the face of the son’s lies and addiction. Much of their shared love came from music, songs they shared with each other and which bind so many. The soundtrack to the film is one of the year’s most interesting and eclectic playlists, very tasteful and curated, with Sigur Ross, Massive Attack, Nirvana, Mogwai, Bowie, a lovely track from Sampha called Treasure and, of course, John Lennon’s title track.
But I really loved the wistful playing and use of Perry Como’s version of Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof, originally, covered by Perry on his 1968 album Look to Your Heart, which my Grandpa loved and had on a 8-track cassette). It’s a tune which connects across generations and families and haunts the movie with its lyrics and plangent delivery. I picked it as a Family Favourite when I was covering for Robert Elms on BBC Radio London on a Saturday earlier this month, and here it is again.