Well, I really enjoyed this film. Full disclosure: I am one of Steve Lickteig's acquaintances. Here's the thing -- I think this movie is as much about the man discovering the Open Secret and all the attendant seething emotionality that goes with it -- as it is about the secret itself. Does the director come off as a bit tantrum-y? Sure. He's adrift in uncharted emotional waters. What he thought was so was not. This is a story about a family, coping with a complicated set of circumstances. One of the things I like about documentary is that the films don't generally give you clearcut protagonists and antagonists. Some people look bad, some people look extremely bad. No one looks particularly good -- this isn't fiction, for pete's sake. This is a story about the deep grammar of families. It's messy. It's complicated. Everyone takes a turn looking like a jerk. It's life in the 21st century. I think the director did a good job showing how individual perspective and the ambiguity of relationships are the keys to any story. For a first feature, I found it extremely promising. I'm looking forward to seeing what story Steve Lickteig will choose to tell next.
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