Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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THE CHOSEN FAMILY – MY FLESH AND BLOOD

October 6, 2010 , , , , ,

 

My Flesh and Blood

 

MY FLESH AND BLOOD, directed by Jonathan Karsh, is an incredible documentary about an extraordinary family. Imagine a single mother with 11 adopted children and 10 of them have either physical disability or chronic debilitating illness that is Susan’s life on a daily basis. What makes the film special is not as much that it is a film about a special family but because of the sensibility with which the family and the children have been portrayed.

Film opens with the family getting dressed for Halloween and is divided into four chapters based on seasons – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. At its core it is a typical family dealing with sibling rivalry, adolescent growing pains, children dealing with school peers, finding love, juggling responsibilities, chores, sharing, caring and being there for each other. There is a lot of fun, singing, dancing, laughing, swimming and celebration of life. Hospital visits, surgeries, feeding tubes, protracted and laborious nursing care, medical needs, pills, illness and death are as much a part of this families routine.

 

Xenia

 

Anthony Tom with epidermolysis bullosa (Connective tissue disease where skin is fragile and person develops cancer) is so lovable, he is just too cool. Xenia (a congenital amputee) exuberates confidence and is so full life. Joe (has Cystic fibrosis) is such a complex kid, his story is the most heart wrenching. His lungs suffocates for air and his spirit suffocates for space.

In the film, Joe gets abusive and is very threatening to the others in the family and Susan struggles to find placement for him. For those of you, who will be plagued by questions about the children and family, as I was, I have included vimeo interviews of Susan that will help understand their life and situations better.

At some points  one wonders why such terrible things had to happen to these children and then you also see that that does not stop them from living life. Life is an all inclusive package and the film hits the spot.

PS: The film can be watched on NETFLIX and purcahsed on AMAZON

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