An earnest portrait of a family. Donal seems to have a very evolved, wise approach to his relationship with his father which is too late to fix or redeem. He’s not interested in grievances, instead, he looks at the ways they are alike and different, and how the two existences informed each other while sustained in two parallel universes. And, of course, the way that the political situation shapes an artist or a human
The documentary subtly achieved an introduction on the topic, displayed the political involvement of his dad, and the dissociation young irish men can feel towards the matter.The movie never aimed at being comprehensive, it aimed at standing between a rock and a hard place for the best.It is also compelling for the variety of sources you gathered, showed a great dedication to the subject and an attention to details.
'its not just that you and i see differently, we belong to different times. we came into the world [...] at different political moments. you began when certain things seemed possible, when armed struggle was an image you could believe in. i began in the wake of the failure of these movements. the failure of those images, with no clear way forward'.
A mix of compelling primary documents in the form of video taken in the midst of the Troubles (by the absent father) and personal videos of the filmmaker (the abandoned son). At times I found the multi-tracked audio and the repetitive rhythms of the video compelling, but in the end I'm not sure what it was trying to suggest about the idea of the image. Since it is such a personal project, my review is really moot.
Poetic with captivating imagery of direction, editing and sound that alone draws you into the film. Brilliant on it's own without the need to force a forlorn narrative voice-over about an emotionally distant father.