Thanks to everyone who showed up last night for our festival-closing presentation at Makor. However, for those of you who did not make it to see Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s A Lion in the House, luckily for you there will be more chances. Last night was my first experience with the film, and let me put it bluntly: Simply, my life will never be the same.
Every critic who is gushing about the “honest” realism of United 93 should be forced to watch A Lion in the House. Its pain is unfiltered, devoid of propaganda, and likely to provide a much needed wakeup call to those who bluster about “steeling” themselves for Greengrass’s bullshit, politically suspect trauma of reenactment.
One of the most cleansing, emotional, honest, unsparing, devastating, cathartic experiences I’ve ever had in a theater, A Lion in the House simply must be seen. Following five cancer-infected children and their parents over the course of many years as they deal with the ups and downs, tragedies and hopes, wins and losses, this momentous work of human empathy demands to be seen. You will simply not be the same person coming out as you were going in. More eloquent words from my co-editor here than I can muster at this point: I’m still walking around in a daze. Spread the word. There are no excuses: The film will continue showing at Makor in a special run. Don’t make the mistake of not seeing it.
Sun, May 21 & 28, 2006, 3:30pm
Sun, Jun 4, 2006, 5:00pm
Sun, Jun 11, 2006, 3:30pm
Mon, Jun 12, 2006, 7:00pm
Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street
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