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There is much to think about in "Far From the Tree," a worthy and at times tender film.
The documentary is an attempt, in the words of those behind the film, to "investigate the very nature of family itself." That this attempt is overreaching and diffuse does not detract from the film's sporadic power.
At its most radical and empathetic, "Far From the Tree" urges us to start thinking of disability in terms of identity, not as a locus of struggle but a place of being.
Capably filmed by director Rachel Dretzin, this look at a diverse group of people is emotionally powerful without feeling manipulative.
Fair warning: By the end of "Far From the Tree," tears will be shed, and for all the best reasons.
This is a powerful movie about human nature and how no matter where we end up - and who we end up with - we wake up each day and adjust.
Convincingly introspective and empathetic, Far From the Tree is blessed with putting forth the trials and tribulations of the family foundation mired in complexity, adversity, curiosity, commitment, loyalty, and vulnerability.
I was easily moved by the individuals at hand, but one could only wish the cursory mini-documentations were stretched out and allowed to breathe and speak on their own terms.
A valuable and fascinating voice for issues that get at the heart of the relationship between parents and children, and how powers beyond our control can strain even the strongest bonds of affection.
... thoughtful but somewhat disjointed documentary...
It's a complex idea, presented with simplicity.
It is impossible not to be inspired by the humanity on display in the film. The dignity of these individuals, all of whom want the right to just be who they are, comes across clearly. That is the strength of this very flawed, but highly compelling film.
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