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Review: 'In The Family' A Sincere, Heartbreaking Indie Drama

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 18, 2012 11:49 AM
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It’s tough for the drama. For every movie that is successfully earnest and sincere in its heartbreaking story, about fifty others are willed into the cinema that rest on familiar tropes, forced emotions lacking any legitimate heart, and a trusty sensational score that knows just when to blare. Their power is so considerable that it’ll make a pessimist out of even the least bitter moviegoer. But when that anomaly does come along, it needs to be held high, trumpeted so fiercely that it drowns out all of the other hollow tearjerkers. So here we shall declare Patrick Wang’s “In the Family” that able wonder to which we shall champion with fervor.

Interview: 'In The Family' Director Patrick Wang Talks Traveling The Country With His Film & Directing While In Character

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 17, 2012 12:59 PM
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A generally pleasant, positive, and polite human being, first-time filmmaker Patrick Wang began to lose a bit of his optimism after completing “In The Family.” A sincere and epic three hour drama with most scenes covered in a single take, the director had few supporters and no festivals willing to screen the film.

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