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.
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Critic Reviews for First Cousin, Once Removed
[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.
A haunting, masterfully made, and achingly melancholy portrait of the end of life.
One of the best documentaries ever made on Alzheimer's which has been called the disease of the century.
Using a powerful focal point to manifest the movie's central concerns, Berliner makes his interest in the topic relevant to everyone.
Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, "First Cousin Once Removed" is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray.
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.
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