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In his 51 BIRCH STREET, one of the most highly praised personal documentaries of recent years, Doug Block took a hard look at his parents marriage and his own relationship with his father. With his latest film, Block turns in the other direction, offering an exceptionally moving film about his relationship with his only child, Lucy.
THE KIDS GROW UP is a chronicle of Lucy's emotionally-fraught last year at home before leaving for college. Moving fluidly between past, present and the fast-approaching future, Block uses a lifetime of footage to craft not only a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also an incredibly candid look at modern-day parenting, marriage, and what it means to let go.
Seriously, the internal conflict between filmmaker and father can be rather unsettling to the viewer as well.
Instead, it felt creepy at times as he focused too inwardly on his daughter to a degree that felt intrusive even to a casual viewer like me.
This film made me and them cry, laugh, think and be grateful that we do have children who enrich our lives and give us the shivers.
This documentary is less cohesive than 51 Birch Street, but it's still worth watching as a slice of life and a study of an artist who has trouble letting go of his daughter and his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Flanigan
This is a wonderful documentary that deserves a large audience than it will receive. Very moving and personal look at family relationships. So glad it was recommended by a friend.Published on December 15, 2011 by Dahlia
I felt Doug Block had a wonderful subject on hand and squandered the opportunity to tell a good story. There were so many directions he could have gone with the film (e.g. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by JYK