Film About a Father Who

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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    The movie is always fascinating, even when it seems to lose or drop the threads of therapeutic/psychological understanding woven throughout the project.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    The result is a sharply assembled multiformat collage of memory and investigation that starts like a trip any of us might make into a what-made-him-tick past, but ends in the present with scattered feelings and tenuous bonds.
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    Steve PondTheWrap
    Jagged and disorderly, confounding and charming and sometimes irritating - just like the man at its center.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    [A] brisk, prismatic and richly psychodramatic family portrait...
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    Pat BrownSlant Magazine
    Throughout, Lynne Sachs undercuts the image of the past as simpler or more stable than the present.
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    Jonathan RomneyScreen International
    A documentary that is formidable in its candour and ambition, but which many viewers may find frustratingly elusive in its eschewal of a more conventional expository style.
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    Steve EricksonGay City News
    Sachs refuses to pass judgment on a man who was neglectful and selfish. The film's spectators probably won't be so reluctant.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    It may raise the question, "Can we ever really understand another person?" Whatever the answer, Lynne Sachs shows her effort results in a powerful, haunting film.
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    Glenn DunksThe Film Experience
    It's a deeply personal work of biography (via autobiography), of course. One that may perhaps mystify some viewers...
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    Phil GuieFilm-Forward.com
    Sachs presents multiple perspectives by liberally jumping backwards and forwards in time, capturing Ira at different ages and points in his life. In doing so, the film doesn't draw attention to how he changes so much as what stays the same.
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