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Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | Video 5 September 2003
From acclaimed director Douglas Buck comes an unflinching, disturbingly beautiful look at the underbelly of American family. Three separate narratives (including the shocking film festival ... See full summary »

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Jared Barsky Jared Barsky ... Joey (segment "Cutting Moments")
Gary Betsworth ... Patrick
Ray Bland Ray Bland ... Father
Sally Conway ... Billy
Jayne Deely Jayne Deely ... Cassandra
Larry Fessenden ... Jimmy Doyle
Beth Glover ... Joan
William Stone Mahoney William Stone Mahoney ... Benjamin (as William Mahoney)
Nica Ray Nica Ray ... Sarah
Alex Splendore ... Policeman
David Thornton ... Walker
Anderson William ... Jeff
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From acclaimed director Douglas Buck comes an unflinching, disturbingly beautiful look at the underbelly of American family. Three separate narratives (including the shocking film festival favorite "Cutting Moments" as well as "Home" and "Prologue") combine to create a unique trilogy of life today that will leave you devastating... and begging for more. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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5 September 2003 (Germany) See more »

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Family portraits- Une trilogie américaine See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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1.66 : 1
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A sad and depressing experience.
28 September 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

The first short "Cutting Moments"(1997)simply blew me away.It's an incredibly depressing and cold journey into into family alienation,murder and masochistic self-mutilation.A young wife Sarah played convincingly by Nica Ray desperately wants to be loved,but her husband Gary Bettsworth has no remaining feelings for the woman,so he turns his jaded sexuality onto his son,whom he abuses.She dresses up in red to become more appealing to her husband(unsuccessfully)and after that Sarah horribly mutilates herself.She scrubs her lips bloody before cutting them off,the final act of utter desperation that encourages her husband to indulge into obscene act of feeling.A truly masterful short filled with despair and horrific gore.The second film "Home"(1998)plays almost like a remake of "Cutting Moments" and has similarly disturbing tone without relaying on excessive gore.We see another dysfunctional family living in their own private hell and that makes the climax more bleak and depressing."Home" is not as good as "Cutting Moments",but it surely left me emotionally drained.The last film "Prologue"(2003)tells the story of a young teenage girl,who was brutally attacked and raped one year earlier.She emerges from the hospital in a wheelchair and arrives back home with her parents.Soon the emotional horror begins as a young woman decides to confront her attacker,a local artist called Benjamin Miller,who draws obscene sexual pictures of a young girls.Still "Prologue" seems to be the most optimistic film of the trilogy and I really recommend it.Douglas Buck is certainly one of the bravest directors around and I can easily say that I liked "Family Portraits".9 out of 10.


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