FLAG DAY, Sean Penn’s confession

Post by Marc Larcher May 16, 2022

The actor has put all his energy into this film, which he directs while starring. The story was made for him: A young journalist abandoned by her family investigates a counterfeiter who turns out to be her real father.

A film by and about the Penn family

The actor has put all his energy into this film, which he directs while starring. The story was made for him: A young journalist abandoned by her family investigates a counterfeiter who turns out to be her real father.

Depending on which cinema you like, there are several ways to receive “Flag Day”. It is partly heartbreaking thriller, partly touching comedy-drama and partly Penn family film. Apparently, the film is primarily an adaptation of American journalist Jennifer Vogel’s memoir, “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life,” which traces a tumultuous relationship between a bank robber father and fake mint and his journalist daughter. And if Sean Penn, the tough actor, chose to make this feature film while starring alongside his daughter Dylan and his son Hopper Jack, it might not be a coincidence, because it’s primarily about difficult relationships between an infernal father and his daughter. A minefield and a way for the actor, who is known to be difficult to live with, to tell his story, hoping to be forgiven by members of his own family through a fictional character.

From counterfeiting to robbery

It all starts in the 70s and 80s with Jennifer’s childhood memories bathed in joy, love and adventure, a kind of adventure in the American landscape with an extraordinary father, John Vogel. But if his charisma and his charm enchant his children’s daily life, he is also an individual who only builds up debt. To the point where one day he has to leave home and leave his wife Patty with two children for food. Depressed over the separation, she begins to drink and leaves the children, still believing in her father’s sales figures about his miraculous business, the exact nature of which they do not know. The question will plague Jennifer for years until, after becoming a journalist, she begins investigating large-scale financial fraud and counterfeit banknotes, an obscure area where she will fall back on her parent’s name. Especially since John, meanwhile, it seems, has gone from making banknotes to robbing the banks where they are stacked up. From then on, he will seek to be forgiven for his past as a bad father and the situation where he left his family for years. “Flag Day” is thus above all the story of a man’s life in the constant search for redemption in a country where those who deviate from the right path are severely punished. For Sean Penn, it is an opportunity to show the full extent of his talent at the age of sixty, as he plays the lead role in all eras, changing moments of refined bravery with sequences of car chases, laughter with tears, gentleness and violence.

Dylan Penn’s talent

“Flag Day” is also the revelation of Dylan Penn’s talent in his way of incarnating a young woman who has gone from dope to the journalism school competition and who, once in the press, unknowingly reverses the search for her father. He made counterfeit notes while revealing real information about … the counterfeit coins. It is therefore also an instructive tale of the need to make peace with one’s own past and one’s family. And at least in this area, the legacy is secured in the Penn family.

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