First Comes Love (2013)
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First Comes Love is, before anything else, a portrait of a longing so deep that even the commandingly articulate Davenport struggles to put it into words.
Davenport makes desultory attempts to bring in other mothers, but she is not an interviewer adept at drawing out scintillating observations.
There are many glimmers of truth - as well as what can best be described as accidental insight - in Nina Davenport's painful but beautiful documentary about becoming a parent.
This midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people's heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport's birth canal.
By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound.
Audience Reviews for First Comes Love
I have to admit that though I don't care or even like the center character of the film, the content is quite interesting and somewhat amazing. Love the part about her parents and when she interviewed other people.
Happy to have seen this documentary, I am glad that I did not begin by looking it up on rotten tomatoes. Miss Davenport's pregnancy is just the foreground of the story, and her family's history and dynamic are the background that really fuel her storytelling. I loved watching her evolve as a new mother. She rekindled with her familial past and unearthed morsels of her ancestors.
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