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534 Ratings

The Arbor

Directed by Clio Barnard
United Kingdom, 2010


The fascinating and true story of troubled British playwright Andrea Dunbar, and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter.

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The Arbor Directed by Clio Barnard

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2011 | 2nd place: Best Documentary Feature Film

2011 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2011 | 3rd place: Best Documentary



BFI London Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: Best British Newcomer

Critics reviews

Dunbar’s children supply much of the The Arbor’s dialogue and uncertainty, reckoning with her legacy and, at times, each other’s stories. Mixing hyper-realism and all-too-real suffering, The Arbor is a disorienting, moving testimony to difficult, irreducible life.
November 23, 2016
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