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A Family Affair (2016)




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On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne. out of the blue she asks him to come to South Africa to help her with her will. At that time the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s who put her two sons into a children's home. And a mother who suddenly decided to emigrate to South Africa, far away from the rest of her family. Fassaert decides to accept her invitation, but not without bringing his camera along. Through his lens we discover what lies behind persistent myths and why she still has such a huge influence on the family. But when he himself becomes the object of her obsession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined.

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Critic Reviews for A Family Affair

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

You aren't sure whether you are witnessing an investigative family chronicle or an act of revenge.

September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

[An] intimate, sometimes painful documentary ... demonstrates what a Sisyphean task seeking the truth can be.

September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a potent psychodrama, pitting Marianne's reality against the one Fassaert is documenting. And who's to say which one is real?

September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a mystery with no solution, only a handful of clues and a smoking gun.

September 19, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
The Young Folks

an unexpectedly harrowing family chronicle, dredging up some painful history and recording more as it's being made

September 18, 2016 | Full Review…
Brooklyn Magazine

Intimate, revealing and heartbreaking.

September 16, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
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