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The Closer She Gets (2005)

Meet Jane Ouellette. She's your average everyday mother of two, with a loving husband, a wonderful life... And a brain tumor. Prepare for a journey unlike any other as you travel through ... See full summary »

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Meet Jane Ouellette. She's your average everyday mother of two, with a loving husband, a wonderful life... And a brain tumor. Prepare for a journey unlike any other as you travel through the exhilarating highs and the crushing lows of battling brain cancer. Shot by her 26-year-old son, "The Closer She Gets" is an unforgettable portrait of Jane and her family. Using no voice over or interviews, the result is unflinching, thought-provoking, surprisingly funny and relentlessly personal. You, the viewer, are invited to become a member of the Ouellette family as they struggle through this life-altering event - and, like the family, the experience will leave you changed forever. Written by Craig Ouellette

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Mom just found out that she has cancer...

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

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A touching and an honest story told from an inside prospective.
31 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this documentary film at the 2005 Slamdance independent film festival. This documentary is shot, directed and edited by a son (Craig) of his mother's year long battle with cancer. Shot over the course of one year "The closer she gets", is a documentary in the truest form and gives you an inside look of a family's struggle with battling with the cancer, the viewer gets an inside point of view of the effects cancer has on a family as well as the individual throughout the entire process. I have never seen such an honest film, this is a powerful and raw film, and since it wasn't shot by an outsider you get the true emotions of everyone involved. Many documentaries are shot by an outsider, but having this story told by the son adds another emotional level to the film, unlike any I have seen before on this subject or any other. This is a touching story that everyone should see, and can relate to. I would highly recommend it.


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