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Sometimes the greatest love story is about your very own family. little man is the story of how a micro-preemie brought a family to its knees. When Nicholas is born 100 days early, he weighs only one pound and faces impossible odds for survival. As he struggles for life, so struggle filmmaker Nicole Conn and political activist Gwen Baba to keep their family from disintegrating under the unrelenting stress and chaos of hospitals, emergency medical crises and a crushing blow to trust. little man explores the core of the human spirit as a family realizes that they are capable of enduring what they never thought possible.

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An unusually honest film. An inspiration. New York Times Conn makes Michael Moore look like an impartial observer. Miami s The Weekly News An edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat suspense story. Los Angeles Times A testament to family love. People Magazine --Wolfe

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  • Directors: Nicole Conn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OQDSFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Man" on IMDb

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I am a grandmother of quadruplets born prematurely at 29 weeks. "Little Man" is the only film I have ever seen that shows the reality of what a family goes through when a precious little one is born too soon. A lot of the film follows Nicholas in the NICU, and then the film shows the impact on Nicole and her family when Nicholas is discharged home on oxygen, an apnea monitor, and breathing treatments, and what it's like to deal with running a mini-ICU in the home. I had never seen that portrayed in any film before, as unfortunately, that is the reality with most preemies, along with surgeries, multiple meds, and feeding challenges. Nicholas had more medical problems come up in time and the film follows the changes in the family that occur as he struggles. This is a compelling, beautiful, and poignant film and I highly recommend it.
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Little Man is an unforgettable, brilliant and often sad documentary by filmmaker Nicole Conn. The film shows the incredible stress and strain that Nicole and her cherished partner Gwen Baba face when their second baby, Nicholas, is born to a surrogate mother one hundred days too early. Practically everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong; Nicolas even from the start has a chance of survival at just a small fraction of one percent; he must fight daily for survival in the NICU. The surrogate mother had not been honest with Nicole and Gwen about her health, either! The story moves along at a very good pace; I wasn't ever bored. Indeed, as the film progressed I was increasingly glued to the screen to find out the rest of the story. The cinematography is nothing short of excellent and kudos to the wonderful, angelic staff at the hospital that not only saved the baby's life but who also allowed the cameras to roll eventually forgetting that the cameras were even there!

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.
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Little Man (Nicole Conn, 2005)

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.
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I am also a mother, and I have been very lucky with my child. She did have a rare illness called Chronic Vomiting Syndrome for about 4-5 years (age 7-12), where she would throw up 10-12/x a day for 7-10 days straight, once every couple of months. There was no clear trigger, which made it difficult; it's hard to watch your child suffer like that. It converted to Migraine with aura at 12, which is a common course of the illness. So I can sympathize somewhat with the difficulties, though the levels aren't even close to comparable. The strength and courage of raising a micro-preemie is incredible, and knowing how hard my daughter's illness has been (she is now 16), it's not even close to what Nicholas deals with on a daily basis.

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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