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Papirosen (2014)

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Fashioning nearly 200 hours of footage shot over a decade into a family portrait at once epic and intimate, the young Argentinean filmmaker Solnicki (whose previous film was the music documentary Süden) elevates the home movie to an art. Four generations of his Buenos Aires clan are captured on vacations and at family gatherings, as well as in small everyday moments. Digging into the family archives (vintage 8mm footage, a video recording of a bar mitzvah) and incorporating the musings of his grandmother, Pola, a Holocaust survivor, Solnicki crafts a deeply affecting meditation on the meaning of family and the weight of history. (c) Film Movement

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A sparking, gossipy soap opera that's riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.

January 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Solnicki's spliced-together, back-and-forth approach at first seems a jumble, but of course his choices are deliberate, and they pile up into revealing art.

January 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Papirosen transcends the home-movie genre by being ordinary; this is a look into the abyss that never strays from the surface of its chosen milieu.

October 10, 2017 | Full Review…

A poignant documentary about the legacy of a traumatic past as experienced across four generations.

February 14, 2014 | Full Review…

This distillation of 200 hours' worth of home movies probably means a lot for the family at its center, but less for those of us in the audience.

January 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Gastón Solnicki's mapping out of his family's narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed.

January 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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