The Closer We Get, not one single person in the family able to tease out of him the real reason behind his sudden departure.
As time passes, and Ann's unfortunate situation requires constant care, Ian edges his way back into the household, but never truly back into the family he left behind. It's remarkable - and horrifyingly accurate - to observe the way in which the past is compartmentalised and glossed over in favour of a steady, calm future. Even as Karen grows more confident with the questions she asks, only a fraction of the family's real emotions are revealed, mostly they remain tightly locked up in the individuals' hearts and minds for reasons unknown. The Closer We Get may be a small film, without any clear resolution or dramatic crux, but it's poignant and powerful nonetheless - or perhaps because of that. A portrait of one unique family whose secrets and suppressions strike a universal chord, resembling many other families like it all around the world - each with its own narrative.
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Jamie Neish | @EmptyScreens