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Family Matters
written by talltale July 13, 2006 - 4:52 PM PDT
The kind of look at a family you probably won't find soon again, THE TALENT GIVEN US is weird and shocking because the family in question allowed its moviemaker son to film a road trip across country, in which the family ostensibly goes to visit him. The result is an odd mixture of documentary and "sort-of" fiction, in which the family plays itself (embarrassingly well, in most cases), so it's often difficult for the viewer to know when, if ever, the "reality" stops (or starts). But it's easy to go along with this group, nutty as it often seems; each individual is fun and sad and hyper-real.

Along the way the group connects with a couple of friends, fights, makes up, and keeps on trucking. I found myself never quite sure whether the family's need to perform outweighed its actual performance (mom and dad often come off like mom and dad times ten), but I was seldom bored.

As good as the movie is (or isn't, depending on your taste), the DVD "special feature" about how the director and his kin self-marketed the movie is even more interesting than the film itself. Would-be moviemakers could surely learn a lot from this amazing DVD feature about the need for immense effort and persistence if you're going to make and then try to market an independent film.


(Average 6.75)
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