Tait’s debut feature is a haunting and magical film about a daughter’s attempts to come to terms with her mother’s mysterious death, not only through examining her own childhood memories but also going back further in time, to tales of her mother’s own childhood.
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"making film poems" was actually, and according to Tait, her aim as filmmaker which, from the almost nothing i know from her, it's an absolute pleasure in short duration format - in fact, to better know her work would be a priority that i feel right now. However, this film adds an intricate fiction of 3 generations that incurs in academicism. Remains a few good moments of "poeticity" without human figures.
A film about memory (personal and inherited) and the effects of mental illness across generations which unfortunately underwhelms in its ability to deftly move between those generations - the early part of the film's 'modern' section, with Barbara telling her boyfriend about her mother, feels like the worst sort of framing narrative, and only later in the film does her story find its footing.