The Closer We Get

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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

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

  • 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…
  • In the adroitly observed The Closer We Get, a family crisis turns into an autobiographical detective story when the film director Karen Guthrie returns home to care for her mother in the seaside town of Largs in North Ayrshire.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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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…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • A low-key but incredibly moving doc.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • A poignant, unerring and simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking portrait of dealing with the demons of an unspoken past.

    Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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