Streaming Release: The Doldrums

Digital Release Date: Feb. 20, 2024
Price: Rental $2.99, Purchase $9.99
Studio: Random Media

This not-so-coming-of-age drama The Doldrums follows three high school friends whose friendship changes as the oldest, Alec, departs for college, leaving his two friends, Matt and Cole, behind.

Structured in six vignettes, the film presents Alec’s biannual visits back to his hometown during breaks, where he finds that despite all of them growing older, his friends seem to be stagnating with deepening reliance on drugs and alcohol as their primary source of fun.

Written and directed by Leonardo Nussenzveig and loosely based on Nussenzveig’s own life, The Doldrums traces the evolution of the characters as the friendship dissolves and one sinks deeper into degeneracy forcing him to confront alcoholism, drug abuse and even murder, as part of his journey to early adulthood.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.