little man (2005)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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Documentary filmmaker Nicole Conn and her life partner, Gwen Baba, were already parents of a little girl named Gabrielle when they decided it was time to have a second child. Due to health problems, Conn and Baba chose to have a surrogate mother bear the child, but they discovered in time that the mother they chose was not completely honest about certain health issues, and due to the dangerously slow development of the fetus, a bit more than three months before the baby's due date, doctors
Oct 28, 2005 Wide
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Your baby is near death. Instead of dropping everything to save his life, you make sure the video camera keeps rolling.
With her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up.
Little Man is an unusually honest film about the ambiguity of maternal love.
What lingers are the images of Nicholas's manhandling by a host of dispassionate medicos and a sense that 'quality of life' is a much shakier concept than we could've imagined.
A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary that raises pertinent and difficult questions about choices made and their potential ramifications.
A powerful and challenging documentary that will affect audiences long after they've passed through the lobby.
While Conn's story is inherently compelling, it's pretty much ruined in the telling thanks to her unnerving choice to fill it with a twinkling piano-heavy score, florid narration, and trembling slow-motion.
The film leaves viewers with the odd sensation of having peered into the most intimate details of other people's lives, without acquiring much beyond surface impressions.
able to powerfully bring to mind some touching issues and blur the line of hard decision making
Like her own admitted inability to see Nicholas' situation through anything other than a 'mother's eyes,' Conn is also unable to view her film objectively, even as it grows overlong and ungainly.
An emotionally powerful record of a remarkable little boy's fight to live.
Given the subject matter, this new world of manufactured disability, as Conn describes it, is often gripping and moving.
An experiment in the brave new world of same-sex child-bearing goes badly and is turned into a film.
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