I share another bond with my father -- prostate cancer, the disease that took his life five years ago at the ripe old age of 89. I'm 66, so depending on how rapidly my cancer is progressing, I may not make it that far. Either way, this legacy is likely the last gift I'll ever receive from my father.
Fatherhood is at the core of the generational drama The Place Beyond the Pines. There is a Talmudic notion that the acts of the fathers are a signpost for the children, implying that sons often retrace incidents from their parents' lives in their own lives. My father was not an educated man, but he was a wise man to whom I owe a great deal.