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In 'Seymour,' Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein as creative odd couple
In 'Seymour,' Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein as creative odd couple

This past award season saw “Boyhood” star Ethan Hawke talking about universal human concerns in press appearances that — as he liked to joke — had him “playing Richard Linklater." It turns out Hawke had also quietly been getting behind the camera to ask some questions of his own. Hawke makes his documentary directorial debut with “Seymour,” about a gnomic pianist named Seymour Bernstein.  Far from the indulgent efforts of many of Hawke's moonlighting brethren, "Seymour" offers a moving meditation on creativity and the human spirit, a kind of self-help text sans stigma or corniness. Many films concern a character...

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