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In the Family (2008)

Joanna Rudnick , Martha Haley , Joanna Rudnick  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joanna Rudnick, Martha Haley, Olga Flores
  • Directors: Joanna Rudnick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0JRLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If the measure of a good film is that you're still thinking about it days later, then IN THE FAMILY is the best movie I've seen all year. --DCist

Deftly balances personal journal and objective examination of the issue. Rudnick is a charming host. --Washington City Paper

Informative, life-affirming, funny, and at times even infuriating. --Garry Denny, Public Media Digest

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At 27, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the BRCA mutation. She now faces an impossible decision: remove her healthy breasts and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a positive test result that leaves her essentially "a ticking time bomb," she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility. IN THE FAMILY follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate their way around the wrenching decisions associated with predictive genetic testing. Turning the camera on herself, Joanna bares her conflicting emotions about preventative surgery and the potential consequences, just as she and her partner contemplate a family together. Intensely personal and timely, IN THE FAMILY is a groundbreaking investigation that attempts to answer the question: How much do you sacrifice to survive?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very accurate November 26, 2008
I am brca1+ and I was very moved by this documentary. Anyone BRCA+ or thinking about being tested should see this. I have also had all of my closest friends and family watch this, it explains it better than I can. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must see! June 30, 2010
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In the Family is powerful and poignant at the same time. It is an effective documentary about the human dimension of genetic testing, its complexities and effects. Through forceful images and moving stories of women that could very easily be you or me, filmmaker Rudnick explores the multi-faceted implications of testing for mutations. I highly recommend this film, and applaud Kartemquin for yet another effective social critique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Family October 14, 2010
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Very informative and a must see for those who are in the family for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really educational movie June 2, 2014
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Why I'm not sure I'm on board with every single point and fact of this movie, it was very eye-opening and informative. A very educational movie and a must see for anyone with any family history of breast cancer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Post BRCA diagnosis October 3, 2013
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Very informative. Excellent. A must for all diagnosed with BRCA mutation.
Would like a follow up on Joanne - left wondering what she finally decided to do.
Altogether highly recommendable.
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