Little Man (2005)

Little Man (2005)



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Documentary filmmaker Nicole Conn and her life partner, Gwen Baba, were already parents of a little girl named Gabrielle when they decided it was time to have a second child. Due to health problems, Conn and Baba chose to have a surrogate mother bear the child, but they discovered in time that the mother they chose was not completely honest about certain health issues, and due to the dangerously slow development of the fetus, a bit more than three months before the baby's due date, doctors advised Conn and Baba to abandon the pregnancy. Conn sternly refused to do so, and young Nicholas was born by cesarean section one hundred days early. The baby spent nearly all of its first five months of life in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Center of their hospital, and once he was able to go home, Nicholas still required feeding tubes and frequent visits to his medical team. The strain of taking care of Nicholas took a major toll on Conn and Baba's relationship, as well as their relationship with Gabrielle, and the expense and difficulty of caring for a child who will never lead a fully normal life leads many of their friends and acquaintances to wonder if their actions were for the sake of their son or a supreme indulgence of their desire for another child. Nicole Conn captured the ordeal of her first years with Nicholas on digital video, and Little Man is a feature-length documentary which explores the long and often painful road she and Gwen Baba followed on the road to their second baby. Little Man was screened as part of the 2005 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Little Man

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Top Critic

While Conn's story is inherently compelling, it's pretty much ruined in the telling thanks to her unnerving choice to fill it with a twinkling piano-heavy score, florid narration, and trembling slow-motion.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Your baby is near death. Instead of dropping everything to save his life, you make sure the video camera keeps rolling.

December 2, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

With her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up.

December 2, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Little Man is an unusually honest film about the ambiguity of maternal love.

December 1, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Little Man

Wow! It really shows people at their best!!! And what a brave thing to document so people can see the realities of the wonders and the tragedies of modern medicine.

Tammie Kaufman
Tammie Kaufman

The struggles that go on throughout the film, not just with the baby, but with the rest of the family and friends and especially Nicole is heart-wrenching to say the least. I highly recommend the film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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