In a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-Dad families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law, the nature of what it means to be in a family is explored with ambitious and rewarding nuance.
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
"I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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