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Through a series of twenty six short stories, a girl describes the childhood events that shaped her ideas about fatherhood, family relations, work and play. As the stories unfold, a dual portrait emerges: that of a father who cared more for his career than for his family, and of a daughter who was deeply affected by his behavior. Working in counterpoint to the forceful text are sensual black and white images that depict both the extraordinary and ordinary events of daily life. Together, they create a formally complex and emotionally intense film. Written by Su Friedrich

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A fine film
1 September 1999 | by (Walnut Creek, CA) – See all my reviews

Being a film major at UC-Berkeley has allowed me to see many weird and obscure films. Most of them have been boredom zones and haven't much piqued my interests. However, in my Avant-Garde class, we watched Sink or Swim today. I thought it was a fascinating way of using words and the alphabet to help describe a girl's rocky relationship with her father. The use of so many different types of footage (home, TV, stock, etc.) really caught my eye. The ending scene is especially touching. Go find this short but sweet film wherever you can.


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