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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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Credited cast:
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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English

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5 September 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Family portraits- Une trilogie américaine See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Slow-moving film but also pretty good.
28 January 2009 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Family Portaits shows us the horror of dysfunctional families......but in a oh-so skewed, unbelievable look. The flick contains three shorts which all revolve around family life and the super dark side that sometimes is apart of it.

The first one Cutting Moments revolved around a insane wife who's been hardcore ignored by her hubby, and a secret side-plot of molestation. With some funny over-acting and some nice direction, plus some nice bloody scenes, it was easily my favorite of the three.

The second, Home, is again close-knit in the same way Cutting Moments was with a messed up family, but it instead deals with how a past family life can affect future ones. This one was entertaining enough and again delivered some dark humor, but also made me realize how the rest of Family Portraits will play out. Slowly.

The third one, I just didn't care for that much. Prologue, surrounds a sad-tale of a young girl who had some seriously bad luck, and ends up confronting her demons. It's a cool idea, but the short felt way too long, and probably was compared to the previous two. It was just very tedious in it's delivery and made this guy bored and ultimately not care for what would transpire later on.

Overall though, Family Portraits was a very cool indie horror/serious drama flick that should appeal to many horror fans who dig low-budget, slow-burn flicks.


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