First Cousin, Once Removed (2012)

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Filmmaker Alan Berliner spends five years chronicling the corrosive effects of Alzheimer's disease on his cousin, distinguished literary icon Edwin Honig, in this deeply humanistic and compassionate documentary.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, "First Cousin Once Removed" is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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It's the latest of Mr. Berliner's dogged investigations into identity and family, and his strongest work yet, elevated by the presence of another artist in Mr. Honig, playfully insightful and eloquent even as his powers wane.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
New York Times
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[This] documentary portrait of Honig at the end of his life ... puts the poet's state of constant "now" in the context of the brilliant but sometimes cruel man he used to be.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
The Dissolve

A haunting, masterfully made, and achingly melancholy portrait of the end of life.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

One of the best documentaries ever made on Alzheimer's which has been called the disease of the century.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

Using a powerful focal point to manifest the movie's central concerns, Berliner makes his interest in the topic relevant to everyone.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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