Friday, September 24, 2010

The Family Tree

US (c) 2010 Driving Lessons. D: Vivi Friedman. SC: Mark Lisson. CAT: Hope Davis (Bunnie Burnett), Dermot Mulroney (Jack Burnett), Christina Hendricks (Alicia), Max Thieriot (Eric Burnett), Madeline Zima (Mitzi), Chi McBride (Simon), Brittany Robertson (Kelly Burnett), Rachael Leigh Cook (Rackel), Gabrielle Anwar (Nina), Selma Blair (Ms. Delbo), Keith Carradine (Reverend Diggs). 87 min. A Digibeta screened at Helsinki Film Festival, Maxim 2, 24 Sep 2010

In the presence of Vivi Friedman, a Finnish director of films and commercials based at Los Angeles since 2003.

A black comedy about a wildly dysfunctional family with a great cast. Everything changes when the mother of the family (Hope Davis) hits her head during a hot extra-marital session and loses parts of her memory. Not quite successful but I admire Vivi Friedman's bravery in venturing into daring territory.

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