FAR FROM THE TREE – Documentary – 1 hr. 33 mins. 

 

Far from the Tree.jpgFAR FROM THE TREE – Documentary – 1 hr. 33 mins. 

Director:  Rachel Dretzin 

Starring & Narrated by:  Andrew Solomon

Based on the New York Times Bestselling Novel by Andrew Solomon, (Who also stars and narrates this film) FAR FROM THE TREE gives us an introspective view of the struggles that come when a child’s existence in this world happens to be very different from “the normalcies” that each of us, as a parent, are expecting to experience.  FAR FROM THE TREE takes you deep into the lives of families coming to terms with having a child that’s gay, or born with Downs Syndrome, Dwarfism, Autism, or facing the harsh reality that their child has murdered someone…

I give FAR FROM THE TREE a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX OR STREAMING:  Touching at times and truly heart-wrenching at others, FAR FROM THE TREE is one of those very personal films that I was glad I experienced in the comfort of my own home, and not in the theater surrounded by others.  But, with that said, I was also very happy that I got the opportunity to experience the true-life intimacy of this film, as you watch both parent and child try to make sense of the lives they have been dealt, and are now trying to navigate through, in a most positive way.  Our society has changed so significantly over the last 50 years, in its acceptance, and embracing of differences outside the “normalcies” of our human existence, FAR FROM THE TREE makes a point to unveil this sense as well, giving hope for our future as a society.  Gripping at moments, and tragic at some intersections too, Director Rachel Dretzin brings Solomon’s investigations into his own life, and the lives of the other “abnormals” to light throughout, also giving the viewer a chance for some self-introspection of their own judgement, or acceptance of others with disabilities, as we all try to navigate through this thing we call LIFE…

Kathy Kaiser