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The Closer We Get

Karen Guthrie /2015/UK/87min

Synopsis:

Before it’s too late, a family that never really talked - starts to.

This is a powerful and bittersweet portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director, reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye.

Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home. But Karen isn’t the only one who comes back to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father - the endearing yet unfathomable Ian, who’s been separated from Ann for years - also reappears.

Reunited so unexpectedly, and armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of 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.

With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to life both an extraordinary story and a profound portrait of family survival.

 

Awards:
Best International Documentary      Best Documentary Hot Docs 2015

Women Filmmakers Award Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival 2016

Best UK Film  Open City Docs Fest 2015

Best UK Feature Documentary Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2016


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