5 - Ironically, what made it hard for me to get into this film might be one of the reasons for which people love it the most; the way it's scored and cut together (melodramatically, and occasionally employing repetitive, slightly-altered loops for effect) is thematically-reinforcing to an extent where I just found it off-putting and condescending.
I was late getting to this film that had been recommended for years. Worth its reputation. The story operates on many levels and Keunne addresses them all with great style and energy. It's a wrenching and frustrating tale that, in the end, is uplifting, leaving one grateful for life, friends and family. How many films really do that? A personal film meant to honor a freind moves into being a bit of a masterpiece.
Who can watch this documentary without crying, even if no children in your family. Travesty of Canadian legal system, almost like they want to be European in treatment of crime, think of the Netherlands, I believe my wife thought I was having a nervous breakdown while mesmerized by it, life is stranger than fiction again...
This is not a fiction. This is a recidivism case beyond what we were shown in this 95mins documentary, and a necessary look at the cracks within the Canadian justice system (Bill C-464). This tragedy shouldn't have happened. Grief is humane. To chastise the parents for being expressively grief-stricken looks merely like a last-ditch desperation attempt to controversy. Compassion is the very least anyone should offer.
There is so much love in the circle of people that drove this film. Real, honest editing style. Something very down-home about it. A shame this group of loving chose the path of fighting hate with hate and couldn't let any forgiveness into themselves for the sake of the baby. This doc. is wildly one sided and lacks perspective. The lack is palpable. Crusading and winning took precedence over forgiveness and healing.