39 Pounds of Love (2005)

39 Pounds of Love



Critic Consensus: 39 Pounds of Love is a heart-tugger that often crosses the line between uplifting and sappy.

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Ami Ankilewitz was born a normal child, but he contracted a rare form of muscular dystrophy when quite young and was not expected to live past the age of six. Ankilewitz managed to beat the odds, and at the age of 34, he was alive and living with his disabilities; despite weighing only 39 pounds and having very limited mobility, Ankilewitz worked as a digital animator in Israel, and had fallen in love with Christina, one of the caregivers who looked after him. When Ankilewitz's romance with … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Dani Menkin, Ilan Heitner
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On DVD: Sep 22, 2009
Balcony Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 39 Pounds of Love

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

It's not quite on the level of Enron, or even other disability-themed nominees such as Murderball. But with a subject like Ami Ankilewitz, nitpicking seems out of the question.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Denver Post
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So inherently poignant, a conservative approach would have been wise.

Full Review… | January 12, 2006
Washington Post
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Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Boston Globe
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An uplifting documentary.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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39 Pounds of Love is a heavyweight emotional champion. Although deserving such adjectives as lovely, loving and inspiring, the documentary steers clear of cloying excess.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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None of this is intended to detract from the courage and will of Ami Ankilewitz. His life is extraordinary. But he has not been well served by the documentarians.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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