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Thank You For Playing (2016)

Thank You For Playing (2016)

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When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel is terminally, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful video game. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of "That Dragon, Cancer" as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age. (c) FilmBuff

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A documentary that works as both an emotional portrait of a slow-motion family tragedy and a slippery inquiry into the therapeutic properties of making art.

March 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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Make no mistake: This film is a tear-jerker, taking an intimate look at one family's heartbreak and how their art moves people.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

If nothing else, it's evidence that the digital age has opened up new ways to work through grief.

March 17, 2016 | Full Review…

By turns touching, funny and sometimes strangely existential.

March 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Grieving father Ryan Green may be aware that he's performing for the cameras in the moving documentary/character study Thank You for Playing, but his self-conscious behavior never cancels out his apparent sincerity.

March 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Every conceivable thing is done to replicate the feeling of navigating the game short of placing a controller in our hands.

April 5, 2016 | Rating: Recommended | Full Review…

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