The Last Black Man in San Francisco

New York Times Critics' Pick
121 mins.
Directed by Joe Talbot
R
2019
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Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them.

Joe Talbot's directorial debut, starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, and Danny Glover, is a deep and resonant meditation on the stories we tell ourselves to find our place in the world.


"In moments it feels as if Jimmie and his faithful artistic friend, Montgomery, are dreaming the movie into existence, pouring its surrealistic jolts and hallucinatory beauty out of their heads and straight into yours." Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!