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In contrast to social-issue films filled with talking-head experts and bullet-point graphs, this is a portrait of a caregiver that goes to the core of motivation -- in this case, the need to share love.
Blood Brother is about as well-meaning as a doc can be, yet its humanitarian message is often tainted by the ceaseless demands for attention stemming from the fragile ego of its subject, rootless young American Rocky Braat.
A deeply affecting psychological portrait of a young do-gooder as he adapts to the regularity of tragedy in his new life.
"Love is making someone who is sad feel happy," one girl says, answering an interviewer's question. "Blood Brother" showed me that love. I doubt I'll be the only one.
Braat's galling and enabled narcissism ... pervades the film.
Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother.
Blood Brother is an important film that should be seen by everyone.
A big part of Blood Brother's success lies in the personal connection between filmmaker and subject.
A documentary with an originally structured first-person narrative. But it is still insufficiently directed, and some of what it omits makes it seem suspect.
For all their carefully performed camera-awareness, the film is also strikingly precious, seemingly utterly unaware of the clichés it's using.
Braat is clearly adored by the children. "It took some time to train my mind" to see past their disease, he admits. But he's clearly found his home.
In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet.
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