In the Family [Blu-ray]
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SPECIAL FEATURES: Simple Expressions of Absolute Values, video essay by Kevin B. Lee | The Mirror to Nature, video essay by H.P. Mendoza | A Tour of the Cutting Room Floor and Sculpting a Scene, video essays by Patrick Wang | Behind the Scenes video | Theatrical trailer | On the feature: Subtitles for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing | Optional 5.1 audio | Booklet: Essays by Godfrey Cheshire, Michael Guillén, Dave Boyle and Brian Hu
"A signature achievement…deliberate and marked by uncommon grace, IN THE FAMILY manages to feel politically and culturally acute without ever resorting to melodrama, or having to wave banners for issues or causes, except perhaps in its quiet way for a renewed humanism in movies and a return to stories about everyday lives." --Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A remarkably fresh and unpredictable drama. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, IN THE FAMILY is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year. One senses that [Wang] is rediscovering the rules of cinema on his own. This is a career to keep an eye on." --Paul Brunick, New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
Patrick Wang's direction is thoughtful, well-considered, and a pleasant change from traditional Hollywood film making. Scenes in which the action is happening off-camera carry more impact than had the action been filmed.
The film's subject matter -- same-sex families, two dads, fighting relatives over child custody, death, loss, homophobia, race, love -- could have easily turned this film into a maudlin mess were it not for Wang's skillful screenwriting, directing, and acting. The film also skillfully avoids being overtly political despite the subject matter. I'm writing my own first screenplay and I've learned a lot just from repeatedly watching this film.
I know it sounds like hyperbole, but this is seriously the best film I've seen in years.
Many Asian-American actors would say they hate doing accents because they are connected with stereotypical roles, but Patrick Wang's southern accent probably wasn't what Asian-American actors had in mind and in this case it is a testament to Patrick's incredible acting abilities. I am one who thinks directors should direct and not also take on the demand of acting in their own films because both can suffer, but Patrick Wang's acting and directing are both amazing. He has embraced this film heart and soul and it's evident in its emotional complexity and perhaps this is a case where it could not have been as successful without Patrick in both roles.Read more ›
Patrick Wang is not only a masterful actor and writer but also the best kind of director who chooses exactly the right actor for every part and brings out of those actors the depth of character with a minimum of movement and expression. Wang's work with the cinematographer puts not only every scene at the edge of the frame, but also the nerves of the audience who learn what it is and what it means to be literally "on edge", to be outside or as nearly outside of the community as a body can get.
Yet there are no villains here: all the characters are rich and motivated by only the best motivations; that is what makes the conflict so gripping and so human.
In so many reviews of this extraordinary film there are nods to the length of the movie as if it might be considered a detriment, but the length and slowness are immediately recognizably integral to the film, the fullness and emptiness of the same moment in time, the hugeness of the emotion yet the tiny pinpricks of all of the hurts and poignancies within that emotion, brilliant and excruciating and dear.
I have ordered six copies to give to my best friends since they were unable to see the movie in the movie theater. I think anyone who sees this movie will want to do the same because it is not only unique, not only profound to the deepest part of one's psyche and love, but utterly fulfilling.
Joey and Cody have raised their son, Chip, for at least 5 years together. Normal, every-day routines of two loving parents and one lucky child begin the film. Then, suddenly, Cody dies. Joey and Chip are left behind, numb, grieving and being pulled back into the every-day. Life seems to go on.
Until Joey is informed of Cody's will. It states that Chip, along with all of Cody's possessions, belongs to Cody's sister and husband. Joey is quickly pushed out of the picture and left without any legal custody of his son. Thus begins a slow, powerful journey of understanding, love, and family.
In The Family is 169 minutes long. It is drawn out, subtle, and realistic. There isn't any background music. Many scenes don't include dialogue. It is simply a window into the life of these characters. It lets us see them for who they are, watch them eat, talk, and try to understand the bumps of life and their bruises from them. It is an art film, an indie film, and a quietly powerful experience, one which benefits from more than one viewing. Film: 4/5 STARS
The video quality is nearly perfect. The material is presented neatly. None of this film is flashy, but rather subdued and realistic. This style of film looks good on Blu-ray. Video: 5/5 STARS
Audio is good. The film is filled with conversations and real-life sounds. Dialogue is easy enough to hear. Audio: 4/5 STARS
Extras include video essays and written essays that are especially interesting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent movie, but too long. Otherwise, I might have given it an A. Don't let that deter anyone from seeing it. I liked the movie and tried to like it more. Read more
Sebastian Banes is a beautiful child who really shines in a movie about just what constitutes a real family. The script, acting, and directing are all first rate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Don R. Holloway
Absorbing film. One is drawn slowly into a family drama, recognizable and yet different from the dynamics of any other family. The film is superb. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Crow
This is a longer film, so take your time, settle back, and sink into the story. My one complaint is that the audio wasn't as clear as it could have been in a few places. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Love2Read
good story about modern world problems to grapple with adoption of kids by same sex partners and acceptance of itPublished 16 months ago by sweatpentsman
A beautifully imagined, beautifully filmed piece that explores what it is to be family, and how family isn't always what people think it "should" be. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Virginia Reader
I normally have trouble focusing on movies when playing them at home but this movie drew me in and within the first 30 minutes I dropped any other things to do and sat in rapt... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Table on Ten
I saw this movie twice in theaters - the second time drove to a city three hours away to make my friends there watch it - and it is a wonderful film. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by J. Bradshaw