The Closer We Get (2015)

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Karen's mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn't the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father, the unfathomable but endearing Ian - separated from Ann for years - also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to confront the family story before it's too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried - and failed - to keep from them all, and to find that Ann's stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.

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Critic Reviews for The Closer We Get

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Some scenes, inevitably, make painful viewing, but Guthrie proves fearless about peering into those interpersonal grey areas most clans shy away from.

Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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A low-key but incredibly moving doc.

Nov 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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An honest, beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Closer We Get may be a small film, without any clear resolution or dramatic crux, but it's poignant and powerful nonetheless - or perhaps because of that.

Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If there's a fault, it's that Guthrie's own narration can tend towards the purple, but the film is good at illustrating the ways in which families almost can't help but bruise one another as responsibility conflicts with personal ambition.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cannot wait to see what Guthrie does next, or whether she'll find a story as rich as this one.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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