The Kids Grow up

The Kids Grow up

DVD - 2011
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Doug Block looks at his relationship with his only child, Lucy, and her emotionally fraught last year at home before leaving for college.
Publisher: [United States] : Docurama Films : New Video, 2011.
ISBN: 9781422916544
1422916545
Branch Call Number: 346.017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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mjayh
Sep 24, 2012

The subject is a good one. Unfortunately, this documentary filmmaker reveals himself to be, despite his oft-professed love for his daughter, a selfish, insensitive, immature jerk. It didn't matter how many times his family asked him to end the filming and requested privacy and voiced their annoyance, he kept the camera running, as if enjoying their misery. The most interesting aspect of the film was watching his marriage deteriorate right under his nose.

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Michael
Oct 11, 2011

A very personal gift of love and affectionate tribute to his daughter - the apple of his eye - by a documentarian who learns how to let go from his only child - and in the offering, gives insight into the trials and tribulations of Parenthood. He films his daughter growing up, from young childhood to womanhood, to when she finally has to leave for college - juxtaposed against the lives of the other members of his family, in particular - his wife and father. And while doing so, gives himself away too, as both a loving but also doting father. It made me cry at 3 junctures, each scene capturing three different intergenerational moments of angst. The subject Lucy, is a wonderful child... any father would be proud of her, I'm sure. Her personality transcends even the very generous on-screen treatment her father gives her - and it becomes obvious in the end, that not only Lucy, but all the people in this documentary are really quite lovely human beings. I was smitten enough - to go thru' all the extra features it offered - such was the good feeling and sheer generosity of spirit this film left me in, at its end!

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mstockwe
Sep 29, 2011

What do you do when your child leaves home? My daughter has recently left home. This documentary took a realistic look at a parent's grief and overwhelming love for his daughter. I appreciated this movie for the moments of self recognition that it offered. The reassurance that it is okay that I love my child this deeply and strongly. The acknowledgement that things will never be the same again. That I will never again have the day to day intimacy that I treasure with her. That it is okay to grieve for that. And encouragement that I am doing the right thing in letting her go and that this is the natural order of growing up. It reassured me that everything is going to be okay and that I did a good job raising her because she has the strength and desire to go. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with empty nest syndrome or expecting to.

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