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Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama Boulevard

Published on Apr 23, 2014 8:24 AM
 
Actor Robin Williams in a 2011 file photo. Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in Boulevard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama Boulevard, starring Oscar winner Robin Williams.

Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in Boulevard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27.

The four-time Academy Award nominee, who took home the best supporting actor prize in 1998 for Good Will Hunting, plays a 60-year-old, meek loan officer comfortably attuned to his life and marriage until he meets a young man who reawakens his inner conflict. "He is an older man, long married, who essentially comes out of the closet at an age when most couples have settled into the tedium of a kind of combative relationship," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Film Festival's chief creative officer.

Williams' character, Nolan Mack, must choose between hiding the secret he has suppressed for decades and continuing his life with a woman he loves and respects, or dealing with it and upending the only life he has ever known.

 
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