The Closer We Get

Karen Guthrie
| UK
| 2015
| 87 min

Inter-generational secrets and lies are exposed and dissected in this extraordinary and moving portrait of a family’s survival told from within. When filmmaker Karen Guthrie’s mother Ann has a stroke, Karen returns home to care for her. Unexpectedly, so does Ann’s estranged husband and Karen’s largely absentee father, the inscrutable Ian. With camera in hand, Karen seizes the opportunity to unpack her unconventional family’s past and finally confront the secret life of her father that they had all accepted, but had never really talked about. The Closer We Get is a powerful and bittersweet film traversing loyalty, broken dreams, and redemption; it is a story of a family revealed in multiple senses.

Karen Guthrie
Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope
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