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Cleaning House (2010)

| Short, Drama, Family
A death in the family thrusts a mother and daughter back into the same house after years of resentful separation, prompting a compelling confrontation.
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Credited cast:
Amanda Collins Amanda Collins ... Julia
Karin Trachtenberg ... Helen


High-powered, compulsive Helen and her mixed-media visual artist daughter, Julia are coming together for the first time in years after Helen's mother passes away. Obeying her grandmother's dying wishes for her to look after Helen, Julia comes home bearing photos from Helen's past, opening a Pandora's box for which Julia is not prepared. Written by Catherine Giarrusso

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Some things we inherit aren't in the will


Short | Drama | Family



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Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA

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A well-done short drama worth watching
24 July 2011 | by MoviesByMartinSee all my reviews

I saw Cleaning House at its premiere at the 2011 Lancaster Area Film Festival, and I must say I was impressed. The film was well shot, and the acting was solid and believable. Amanda Collins, who plays the daughter, nailed the awkwardness of dealing with a mother she obviously resents and hasn't spent a lot of time with lately. Karin Trachtenberg, who plays the mother, did a fantastic job channeling that overbearing mother figure that's got issues of her own.

Like I said, the film was well shot. The setting of the mother's house was appropriate, and the emptiness of the house seemed to mirror the gap in their relationship. The editing was also good; at no point in the nearly fifteen minutes did I ever feel it was dragging.

Overall I really enjoyed the film. I have to admit that I didn't see the ending coming, and I liked how I was surprised by it. The final scenes with the mother felt really genuine…and hats off to Karin Trachtenberg for pulling it off. Cleaning House simply and beautifully presents a genuine vignette of a family in turmoil. If you ever have the opportunity to see this film at a film festival, I highly recommend it.

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