Documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade is trying to get her divorced parents to talk to each other, but that is the last thing they want to do. Nothing ever seems to work out the way Wade hopes... See full summary »

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Documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade is trying to get her divorced parents to talk to each other, but that is the last thing they want to do. Nothing ever seems to work out the way Wade hopes it will. At least she has a job (calling out Bingo numbers), a loving family (although her father's new wife is just a few years older than Wade), and a social life (if answering an emergency hotline on a Saturday night counts). So what if her sister gets all of the dates and her father is finally getting the son he always wanted? Wade is armed with her camcorder, and the result is a honest and painfully humorous video diary that captures a changing American family in the 1990s. Written by Anonymous

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20 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Poignant, but unsentimental look at an American family.
20 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The personal documentary is a well worn, some say "tired," format for young filmmakers just starting out. But in Cynthia Wade's funny and touching portrait of her divorced parents and how their lives shaped her own, the personal film has found an elegant practitioner. Bravely, Cynthia Wade not only exposes her parents' failed marriage, but the lonely life she leads too as she wonders if she'll ever meet a man she can love and marry. The film-making is subtle and painfully funny and uses wonderful Super 8 footage that her father shot in the 1960s and 70s to connect us to the past. This is a film for anyone with "parental issues" (pretty much all humankind) and for those doubting souls who wonder if happiness will always be a harvest reaped by somebody else.


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