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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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A haunting, masterfully made, and achingly melancholy portrait of the end of life.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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One of the best documentaries ever made on Alzheimer's which has been called the disease of the century.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Is capturing a portrait of an artist in mental and emotional decline fair? ... We will probably now remember Honig more for his Alzheimer's than for his healthy life's work.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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