There's an old saying that "a boy's best friend is his mother," and if you want to see a real life example, Eddie Belasco is a good man to look to. A longtime resident of San Francisco's North Beach, Belasco has been involved in show business since he was a teenager, and his resume includes everything from leading a musical comedy troupe to managing an all-female rock band who usually performed topless. At the age of 75, Belasco is still involved in the theater, running a non-profit drama company that works with aspiring young performers. Belasco shares his home with his mother, who is in her late nineties but is as energetic and strong-willed as ever, and though they often playfully argue with one another, they clearly love each other very much. But Eddie was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of sixteen, and the disease has finally began to take a serious toll on him; glaucoma has robbed him of most of his vision, and he's began seriously considering retirement for the first time. At the same time, his mother's heath is beginning to fail, and the small family begins coming apart at a time when both Eddie and his mom need each other the most. Filmmaker Jenna Rosher offers a compassionate look at a strong but unusual familial relationship in her documentary Junior, which received its world premiere at the 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival.





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