Flesh and Blood

After serving a five-year prison sentence, a man hoping to rebuild his life returns to his mother’s home in a low-income neighborhood of Philadelphia. Mark Webber wrote, directed, and stars in this fictionalized portrait of his own family, alongside his mother, father, and half brother. His film addresses not only the plight of ex-convicts and the urban poor but also drug addiction (the protagonist and his mother are both recovering alcoholics) and school bullying (the half brother, recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, is tormented at school). Webber forgoes any big messages, emphasizing character development; this is a touching depiction of people trying their best despite overwhelming social odds.