Far From the Tree (2018)

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FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon's award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity."

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There is much to think about in "Far From the Tree," a worthy and at times tender film.

Aug 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Capably filmed by director Rachel Dretzin, this look at a diverse group of people is emotionally powerful without feeling manipulative.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Fair warning: By the end of "Far From the Tree," tears will be shed, and for all the best reasons.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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