Brilliantly blending the borders of narrative and documentary filmmaking, artist-cum-director Clio Barnard beautifully reconstructs the fascinating true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Working from two years of audio interviews, Barnard uses classic documentary techniques, actors, theatrical performance, and Dunbar’s own neighborhood to generate a unique cinematic feast while unraveling the truths of a dark family past. —Tribeca Film Festival
This was a heartbreaking documentary to watch, especially hearing the story of Andrea Dunbar's mixed-race daughter and her subsequent traumas. I appreciated the way it was put together, and being reminded of Andrea Dunbar's work through 'The Arbor'. A hard watch with all the unfolding family sagas.
The Telegraph U.K. rightly describes The Arbor as "a hall-of-mirrors tour through fact and fiction." Initially I was thrown by the lip-syncing, but I wound up appreciating the device as well as the actors. The use of archived footage and the staging of play in the neighborhood were also quite illuminating.
Director Clio Barnard takes an unusual approach to this documentary about the British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her troubled children. Ultimately, it's all gimmick for a tale that's not that interesting. http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2011/01/that-line-blurs-flurther.html
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