Filmmaker Oren Siedler's personal exploration into her troubled and unusual relationship with her brilliant, charming, con-artist, white-collar criminal father takes us around the world, from Australia to Cuba and the USA.
Filmmaker Oren Siedler's childhood was spent ferrying between her mother in Australia and her charming, criminal father Bruce in the USA. Now that she's an adult Oren confronts Bruce about his choices in life. A road movie set in Australia, USA and Cuba, Oren's big questions take a back seat to the weird and wonderful life with Bruce on the road. Written by
unusually candid, charming & tolerant documentary of family ties
I've just seen this movie on a very late night Sat-TV program in Jerusalem & thought: What a neat person! Family "portraits" are hard to 'cover', more so when one shows her parents, her grandmother & herself included. Hard to remain 'removed' enough NOT to fall into overly moralistic, emotional, or plainly soppy 'coverage' - Oren Seidler pass what must have been a long set of fairly harrowing "shooting days" with great charm, poise & tolerance (toward her "pretty detached" father, her 97 years old grandmother, her 'old-time New-age' mother & even - (perhaps especially!) herself & her childhood). I found her honest insistence on candor exceptionally touching & fresh. Her somber look into her past is at times sad, at other times very funny & her photography, while being very direct & 'true', is never intrusive or lacks sensitivity. I have not seen such good documentaries more than 4-5 times in my (fairly long) life. A film to see & think-reflect of one's own past, one's own parents & one's own passage of time on this strange earth. A GREAT documentary, if I had to put it in a word. :)
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