The Family (2016)
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The affectless way in which the survivors describe their abuse comes to counterpoint the sometimes histrionic choice of cinematic techniques.
The core material, and the interviews, are urgent, essential records of an astonishingly awful Australian story.
Absorbing investigative documentary about the Melbourne-based cult that brainwashed children in preparation for the Apocalypse...This is a story crying out to be turned into feature.
Seamless and intelligent editing by Jane Usher creates a mystery story that's gripping and moving, as well as visually poetic.
First seen when police raided homes in 1987, The Family's communal children, some adopted illegally, recount as adults the beatings, starvation, and forced LSD sessions they endured; one victim describes their compound as "a concentration camp".
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