The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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.
A low-key but incredibly moving doc.
An honest, beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life.
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.
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.
Cannot wait to see what Guthrie does next, or whether she'll find a story as rich as this one.
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.
Other people's families are, of course, endlessly fascinating, and the Guthrie saga is certainly a dramatic one.
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.
In the landscape of film, Ian fits easily into the villain's role, but Karen is the archetypal unreliable narrator and it's easy enough to read this narrative in a different way.
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