NUCLEAR FAMILY explores institutional and personal representations of memory and behavior through a complex interweaving of scientific documentation, animal behavior experiments and vintage pre-school footage. The approach is formalistic and optically printed material is used throughout. The drama of the nuclear family is played by a series of non-human subjects ranging from mannequins used in 1950s nuclear blast experiments to doves playing ping-pong. The notion of family is experienced as iconic, nostalgic and a recollected remnant of the nuclear age.
- Awards & Accolades
- Honorable Mention Ann Arbor Film Festival 2002
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The idea of testing, what is the point when we can see the result through logic. Animals in cages will work to the best of their intellects in the system provided in order to get the food rewarded for the correct answer. But when the cat enters the cage, intellect is useless, there is no escape, the mouse is the helpless prey. So it is when innocent children may be the mice, riding tricycles in their school or is it their human cage. And the scientists become the predators, heat from radioactive processes easily overwhelm the humans. A stacked deck for our nuclear family.
A fantastic portrayal of the intersecting realities between nuclear testing and the dissolution of the ideologies and intellect that define members of each species.
I found it difficult to define the complete meaning of the film, but it is well done with the audio and visual matching. Human curiosity of the world around us leads us to test everything we can. Somewhere between a dream and a nightmare.