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Nobody's Business1996

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In NOBODY'S BUSINESS, Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. What emerges is a uniquely cinematic biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds: where the past meets the present, where generations collide and where the boundaries of family life are pushed, pulled, stretched, torn and, surprisingly at times, also healed.

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I hadn't seen this film since 2000 and revisiting it today proved to be every bit as powerful as it was then. Perhaps because I view it now with the eyes of someone older it might be even more powerful.

On the one hand this is a very intimate portrait of a filmmaker's father and the ideas around memory and heritage. On the other hand it is a universal moving image to a core essential that we all share -- reconciling who our parent is and how that impacts who we are.

Alan Berliner's film is often gently comical, but it is consistently fascinating and filled with love that does not have to be articulated beyond what we see and hear.

Very interesting, funny and serious.

Loved it. Very touching and moving documentary about a son and his father. Funny, painful, honest, rich...captures human need for resolve about one's past and reality of limits of our being able to influence or impact another no matter how hard we try, and yet despite that there is something to be gained, a gift to be gotten from the journey that leads to the discovery of the limits of our relationships with others, family.

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Loved It!