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'Beautiful Boy': Watch Timothée Chalamet's heart-breaking performance as a meth addict

'Beautiful Boy': Watch Timothée Chalamet's heart-breaking performance as a meth addict

Cry me a river

Text: Aravin Sandran


Timothée Chalamet is the millennial's Leonardo di Caprio with his tousled hair, dreamy gaze and French je ne sais quoi. Since his much-discussed peach-f**king performance as Elio in Call Me By Your Name, he has been immortalised in art on Instagram and has starred a teenage pot dealer in the contrived 90s-tinged rom-com Hot Summer Nights that bombed miserably with critics and fans. His latest leading role in Beautiful Boy playing Nic, a meth-addicted young man alongside Steve Carrell has reignited his promise as a worthy Oscar contender.

The film is based on two memoirs — David Sheff's Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by his son Nic Sheff  — that chronicle the father-son dynamic as they come to terms with the emotional turbulence of Nic's out-of-control addiction. Released earlier this year, the trailer is basically a montage of Chalamet and Carrell crying and losing their shit. There's also more than a couple of tear-jerking moments thrown in for good measure that'll surely pierce through any cold, hard hearts. The film has a non-linear narrative, flashing back to happier times such as surfing, skating and making out with girls in cubicles to his darkest days shooting up and crashing in dingy toilets.

Have your tissues on standby while watching the trailer below, and maybe give your dad a hug today.

Beautiful Boy (M18: drug and sexual scenes) is coming to theatres on 25 October.

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