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Nicole Conn fights hard for Nicholas; she is constantly at the NICU and makes endless phone calls to a myriad of doctors to do everything she can to save her baby. Nicole wanted Nicholas so badly; and it's sad to see the toll his health problems take on Nicole's relationship with Gwen. Another unhappy development is Gwen's gradual disdain for Nicholas because, as Gwen puts it, now that Nicholas is born the "fun" has gone out of her relationship with Nicole. Nicholas essentially and completely innocently comes between Nicole and Gwen. Wow--didn't Gwen expect children to change things for a few years? The micro-preemie changes everything; and we see how Gwen's relationship with Nicole plays out. There is also some time spent exploring whether or not it's truly in Nicholas' best interests to keep him alive.Read more ›
It has been almost seven months since I watched Little Man. I have been at a loss to review it ever since. And even as I sit here typing these first few sentences, I'm not entirely sure quite what I'm going to say about this exquisite, heart-wrenching documentary, which as I write these words (December 14, 2012) is sitting at #89 on my list of my hundred favorite movies. It is a movie that is tough to describe in words, because I'm not sure there are words that can convey the journey taken by Nicole, Gwen, and Nicholas. How do you collapse into a single term the combination of soul-destroying rage and a depth of love I can't even begin to imagine--and then sustaining that over 158 days (and really, that's just the beginning)?
I was already a Nicole Conn fan before seeing this. I got a chance to see her short Cynara: Poetry in Motion back in 2010. It sits at #316 on that same list I mentioned before, and in reviewing it, I said "...it's possibly the most erotic, and the most romantic, forty minutes I have ever seen on a screen." Nicole Conn, to intentionally misquote Clive Barker, most certainly knows the difference between a camera lens and a plate of spaghetti. In telling the story of Little Man, which was obviously a subject that struck very close to home, Conn made a decision from day one: this was not going to be objective in any way. This is memoir, not autobiography. I am fond of saying that I loathe memoirs. There are always a handful of exceptions to any rule, at least where I'm concerned. It was a very good decision; Conn approached the many and varied subjects of the film (herself, partner Gwen Baba, their two-year-old daughter Gabrielle, Nicholas' huge medical team, family friends, various reporters etc.Read more ›
And this is my ultimate problem with this movie. It's not kept on the level of the interaction of parent and child; the slow damage to the overall family becomes, to me, an unshakable shadow hanging over the entire film. It saddens me for everyone, because I understand all points of view. The choices and actions people face in their lives are often not easy, not what they signed up for, and not what they agreed to in the beginning. That is the secondary tragedy woven throughout this documentary.
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