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An affecting chronicle, a snapshot of a town's collective PTSD and a shining testament to the transformative power of the arts.
It packs a lot in its 81 minutes, and does it well.
It's one of the most emotionally charged documentaries you'll ever see (I'm tearing up at my desk just at the memory of it, so you can imagine how many tissues it took to actually watch it).
There is something wonderful about watching the way, for example, the youngest boy, Tain, perhaps 8 or 9 years old, breaks out of his shell when he gets onstage.
Midsummer in Newtown is at its best when it simply observes kids like Gregory finding comfort on stage while channeling their inner creativity.
Filmmaker Lloyd Kramer (Liz & Dick) delivers powerful vignettes involving three families... but shies away from such issues as the plague of gun violence and the rise of angry young men in America.
Heartache mixes with resilience, healed through the curative powers of the arts.
Though it's not exactly cutting-edge journalism or thought-provoking commentary, this deeply moving documentary takes a tender, humble approach to a community's suffering and its attempts at healing.
Because of its intimate look at the struggle against grief, Midsummer in Newtown gets a pass for whatever wobbles it has as storytelling.
I hope this film is a good thing for everyone involved. I just can't promise it has much value for any audience outside of that.
[An] elegiac yet emotionally gripping documentary about the aftereffects of the Sandy Hook Massacre on the survivors.
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