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In the Family

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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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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0JRLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I normally don't bother to review, and I see that my opinion is not in line with the others posted here. Though this movie is addressing a vitally important issue and has plenty of good information, I find the filmmaker herself irritating to the point of wanting to turn the movie off. At the age of 31 she seems to consider herself a child, that she's just a youngster who needs to "think about" having children, etc. I realize she is the product of a culture where "adultescence" is accepted, but personally, I find this disturbing and even insulting. Facing something like having the BRCA mutation is cosmic, yes - but this grown woman's attitude is that she needs someone to love her for the rest of her life, even if she has to have a mastectomy - all the while, she drives the man who moved in with her away with her continual indecision and endless thrashing of the subject. She's so ignorant, even after all her research, that she actually asks her doctor if he's ever seen women her age with ovarian cancer! When he tells her that he has, that one of his patients died at 31 just that year, she seems genuinely shocked, as if, despite having filmed about this condition and her mother having developed ovarian cancer at 34, she really doesn't believe anything bad could happen to her.

I feel like I've spent time watching a movie made about and by a fool, someone who doesn't seem to learn or comprehend the information she is being given. She wants to have children, though she knows she carries a lethal gene that can be passed to them. BRCA can affect both males and females. Her potential daughters could develop ovarian and breast cancer. Her potential sons could develop breast cancer.
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This is a timely documentary, but its frustrating. The woman has the BRCA gene, and yet shes holding out for kids before getting body parts removed. After the doc was filmed, she did have 2 kids - and she got BC. I think they caught it early, but I felt it was so silly of her to put her life at risk. Anyway, interesting.
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By meesha on November 7, 2014
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An important movie. Women with the BRCA 1 or 2 gene have to consider prophylactic treatments in order to survive - the statistics tell us that 85% to 90% of women [and men] who possess this gene will get breast cancer and 50% will get ovarian cancer.
I found this film hopeful, because the women that chose prophylactic mastectomy lowered there chance of getting breast cancer to 1% - lower than the general population - and most had breast reconstructions, which looked GORGEOUS.
The movie director ]who has the gene mutation] kept putting off these procedures, and subsequently developed breast cancer. She's had all the treatments - chemo, etc. After reading about her, she seemed angry with herself for not taking action sooner.
This film treats this gently, sensitively, kindly. The interviews are moving and if you're listening to the speakers, you learn.
Great film.
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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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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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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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Very informative and a must see for those who are in the family for sure.
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