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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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A low-key but incredibly moving doc.

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

November 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.

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

It's oddly intimate fare, at times a touch too inward looking ... but honest and heartfelt throughout, driven by an unfashionable desire to heal, rather than merely reopen, old wounds.

November 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Other people's families are, of course, endlessly fascinating, and the Guthrie saga is certainly a dramatic one.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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