Family Affair (2010)
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In a field becoming more crowded by the year, Family Affair emerges as one of its more complex and unsettling examples [of the dysfunctional childhood doc].
As with other voyeuristic entertainments that insist on making the private public, there's the sense that such matters may be better dealt with in-house -- or in a courtroom -- than writ large on a movie screen.
The [filmmaking] process obviously helped Colvard and his sisters heal in some small way and may have the same effect on certain viewers as well.
Audience Reviews for Family Affair
Great film I'm proud of my big cousins for being so brave to tell this story!!! It has been blown off too long.
One of the most powerful and smart films I've seen this year. Certainly the most provocative and insightful on the subject of family secrets, which we all seem to have. A deeply moving account of forgiveness and courage. I don't know if it will win an Oscar, but certainly worthy of consideration. I found this trailer at YouTube
Easily my favorite documentary from this year's Independent Film Festival of Boston. A raw, real portrait of a family's ugly secret which was brought out into the open when the only male child of a family of four shot his sister accidentally while playing with his father's rifle. Unlike 2004's "Tarnation", there are no frills here, interview after interview unfolds the inner feelings of every member of the house, from the abusive father to the children and their estranged mother. An uncompromised heartbreaking look at the ugliest of moments and attitudes of a family that is forever damaged but still functioning.
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