Monday, October 15, 2007

51 Birch Street

This documentary achieved some amazing buzz last year. It was on the NY Times top ten list. And it played for many many months in Manhattan.

I liked this movie quite a bit but didn't love it. The film is about the director Doug Block's parents. He started filming his mom and shortly thereafter she died. Almost immediately, his father got remarried - to his old secretary. Sensing some fishiness, Block continued to interview his siblings, his father, and his father's new bride. He also found years worth of old journals that his mother had written that portrayed her inner anguish, her anger at her husband, and her suspecting of an affair with his secretary.

Maybe I was expecting a bit more craziness with this film. Instead it is a sad but interesting investigation of a son's parents and the truth behind their marriage. If I had fully known what the film was going to be, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Damn those incorrect expectations yet once again!

Directed by Doug Block

1 comment:

crispin said...

Expectations ruin everything.