Emilio Estevez’s film transports us into the world of a Cincinnatti public library simply called The Public. The film builds slowly as we get to meet head librarian Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez), librarian colleague Myra (Jena Malone) and get to know some of the patrons who frequent the library regularly.
We see that there is a bit of tension, friendly enough though, between Stuart and Myra. We also notice that many of the regulars are scruffy and bedraggled looking. We see some of them using the bathroom to tidy themselves up a little and make themselves a bit respectable.
At this point, I am wondering where the film is going to go with its portrayal. What I do know is that the world being portrayed feels very authentic to me. One group that public libraries attract is people from a low income with the free wi fi, the warm air conditioning, the comfortable seating, and the endless books, magazines and cds to look at. Continue reading THE PUBLIC : A FILM BY EMILIO ESTEVEZ