Film About a Father Who

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    Steve PondTheWrap
    Jagged and disorderly, confounding and charming and sometimes irritating - just like the man at its center.
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    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    [A] brisk, prismatic and richly psychodramatic family portrait...
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    Pat BrownSlant Magazine
    Throughout, Lynne Sachs undercuts the image of the past as simpler or more stable than the present.
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    Jonathan RomneyScreen International
    A documentary that is formidable in its candour and ambition, but which many viewers may find frustratingly elusive in its eschewal of a more conventional expository style.
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    Glenn DunksThe Film Experience
    It's a deeply personal work of biography (via autobiography), of course. One that may perhaps mystify some viewers...
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    Phil GuieFilm-Forward.com
    Sachs presents multiple perspectives by liberally jumping backwards and forwards in time, capturing Ira at different ages and points in his life. In doing so, the film doesn't draw attention to how he changes so much as what stays the same.
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    Rob AldamBackseat Mafia
    Builds up a fragmented picture of a complex individual.
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    Marisa CarpicoThe Pop Break
    Both Lynne and we are perhaps no closer to understanding Ira Sr. by film's end, but we at least know him as his children do and...that's nothing short of miraculous.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    She may not have unlocked the secret of her father's heart, but the attempt reveals touching, humorous and painful insights about what we think a father is and what he should be.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedHammer to Nail
    This gripping documentary ... speaks its truth and speaks it beautifully. Let it be heard.
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