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Charm Circle • Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Antenna Documentary Film Festival

9-19 feb
2024
Sydney

Charm Circle

Nira Burstein
USA
2021
79 min

With shades of the Maysles’ Grey Gardens Charm Circle is a cinéma vérité portrait of an eccentric New Yorkfamily navigating the chaos that divides them. After uncovering a treasure trove of home videos documenting moments of love laughter and musical expression that punctuated an otherwise tumultuous upbringing filmmaker Nira Burstein returns to her childhood home — now crumbling from the inside out — to explorewhether she and her two sisters can reconnect with her parents. Catalysed by the announcement of her younger sister’s polyamorous wedding refuelled tensions threaten to sever what’s left of the family bond.Winner of Sheffield DocFest’s Audience Award Charm Circle is a brave wryly amusing and unpredictable personal study on the nature of family made with honesty a steely sense of humour and love.

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