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Review: Mariel Hemingway Documentary 'Running From Crazy' An Uneven Therapy Session

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 1, 2013 10:05 AM
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“Running From Crazy,” the new documentary from Barbara Kopple, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, opens with the film’s subject, Mariel Hemingway, and her daughter posing for a Town & Country photoshoot. This is a subtle first indication that our subject doesn’t lead your average life, in more ways than one. Of course, the Hemingway last name has tipped that off pretty quickly already, and the film delves into the weight of that legacy, as well as the hard-living and subsequent tragedy that has come to define the Hemingway name. The film’s focus is on the enormous effort that Mariel expends in order to differentiate herself from that tradition, but is the task too Sisyphean? This is a question that the film skirts, but never quite gets there, and the apparent avoidance is to its detriment.

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