Must Read After My Death (2007)

Must Read After My Death



Critic Consensus: Impressively constructed from home movie clips and audio recordings, Must Read After My Death is both searing and intimate.

Movie Info

Assembled from 300 pages of official transcripts, 50 hours of audio diaries and Dictaphone records, and 201 home movies left behind by the free-thinking mother who railed against convention, director Morgan Dews' intimate documentary follows the journey of an unconventional 1960s-era Connecticut couple who turned to psychiatry in order to save their failing marriage, inadvertently tearing their family apart in the process. Allis and Charlie were attempting to find out why their marriage was … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Morgan Dews
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Critic Reviews for Must Read After My Death

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

An unsettling portrait of a broken family.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

A searing and intimate account of an unconventional woman struggling not to lose her identity or her sanity in the rigid 1950s suburban world of stay-at-home moms, well-behaved children and sparkling-clean houses.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A bloodcurdling 75-minute diary assembled from an astonishing stash of audiotapes and Dictaphone recordings, cries and whispers out of one documentary filmmaker's family history.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Dews helps Allis hold out a gendered posthumous snapshot of an era whose smug surface, barely masking oceans of suffering, makes Revolutionary Road look like a tea party.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

File this 'therapeutic' movie, well made and creepy, on the dysfunction-as-art shelf 
next to Capturing the Friedmans.

Full Review… | February 25, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A spare but riveting documentary.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Must Read After My Death

I was expecting so much more. It's basically dirty laundry from a 60's family.

Wu Chouin

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