Directed by DITO MONTIEL and written by DOUGLAS SOESBE, ‘BOULEVARD’ beautifully captures the story of individual growth at any age, and the repression that surfaces in idealistic pursuits. With moving performances from a cast including the late, great ROBIN WILLIAMS, in one of his last screen roles, KATHY BAKER, BOB ODENKIRK, and newcomer ROBERTO AGUIRE, Boulevard reminds audiences that societal norms are never normal.
The routine of everyday life quietly peels away to reveal the struggle of a loving husband in conflict with his inner-self in ‘BOULEVARD.’ As the bond of a long time marriage confronts reality for the first time, desire finds its way back into the heart.
While Nolan Mack (Williams) and his wife Joy (Baker) wake up under the same roof each morning, separate bedrooms underscore the disparate worlds they are living in. Nolan’s steady disconnection carries on in his job at the bank, where even a promotion cannot seem to lift the emptiness that permeates his life.
His emotional journey begins to unfold with a drive down a desolate city street where he encounters a troubled young man named Leo (Aguire). As lost time slowly awakens Nolan’s secret life, he realizes that truth is an opportunity for change.
Interview: Robin Williams (Nolan)
An Academy Award®, Emmy® and GRAMMY® winning performer, Williams began his career in stand-up comedy and first captured the attention of the world as ‘Mork from Ork’ on the hit series Mork & Mindy. Born in Chicago and raised in both Michigan and California, he trained at New York’s Julliard School under JOHN HOUSEMAN. Williams made his cinematic debut as the title character in ROBERT ALTMAN’s ‘POPEYE’. His many iconic film appearances include ‘GOOD MORNING VIETNAM’, ‘THE FISHER KING’, ‘HOOK’, ‘MRS DOUBTFIRE’, ‘DEAD POETS SOCIETY’ and ‘ALADDIN’. He won an Oscar for his role as MATT DAMON’s therapist in ‘GOOD WILL HUNTING’. Robin Williams passed away in August 2014. ‘BOULEVARD’ is one of his last screen roles.
What is ‘BOULEVARD’ about?
It’s a love story taking place from an accidental point of view. A man is driving down the street one night and he almost runs over a young gay prostitute and from there the story takes off. It starts off simply from “Can I give you a ride?” and “Can I help you?” and it soon becomes a romance with this young boy, actually a kind of arrested development romance, really.
It’s a tough subject but it’s very delicate and intimate. There’s a painful beauty to this movie.
Why were you drawn to the role of Nolan Mack?
I was drawn to the idea that following your heart is not the easiest route. It’s often a painful choice to try to pursue. As Nolan becomes more and more involved with the boy, he realizes his whole life is going to change and it’s not easy. The stakes are quite high.
Nolan’s decision to be deeply, deeply, soulfully honest with Joy is one of the most painful parts of the movie. That crucial scene where he admits to no longer being able to deny the feelings he has inside— well, that scene made it worth doing for me.