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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

The Si­lences (M) Aus­tralian film­maker Mar­got Nash ex­plores a moth­er­daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship in this doc­u­men­tary, a touch­ing fam­ily por­trait and con­fes­sional. As a young rad­i­cal fem­i­nist, Nash ex­plains, she didn’t be­lieve in the con­cept of “the fam­ily” — and no won­der, re­ally, as her trou­bled past is grad­u­ally re­vealed. Delv­ing into fam­ily history, by means of her mother’s let­ters and pho­to­graphs, along­side ex­cerpts from her own au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal films, in­clud­ing Va­cant Pos­ses­sion (1994), Nash has cre­ated a touch­ing por­trait of a trou­bled fam­ily and the dif­fi­cul­ties of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Over­all this is an im­pres­sive and beau­ti­fully made trib­ute to “a sis­ter who never spoke and a mother who never for­got”.

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