Tues­day, May 4 THE KIDS GROW UP

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(Doug Block, U. S.). 90 min­utes. Rat­ing: Film­maker Doug Block has pho­tographed his daugh­ter Lucy since she was a tyke and con­tin­ues to do so right be­fore she leaves the nest for col­lege – much to Lucy’s cha­grin.

Like an in-house pa­parazzo, Block doesn’t no­tice that while he’s busy film­ing mem­o­ries and try­ing to make a movie out of them, he’s miss­ing the in­ti­mate mo­ments that are worth re­mem­ber­ing. What’s cap­ti­vat­ing about The Kids Grow Up is the man be­hind the cam­era. Block at­tempts to con­duct re­la­tion­ships through a lens and ap­proaches the medium as a way to come to terms with his life.

The fact that he’s com­pletely aware of what he’s do­ing through this au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ther­apy ses­sion makes him that much more piti­ful, con­tra­dic­tory and com­pelling.

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