The Arbor 2010 ★★★★

A film about Andrea Barr, a playwright, which goes beyond her premature death into what followed for her children after her passing. Actors lip-sync to recordings of Andrea's children which shouldn't work and should detract from the story but for some reason, instead, it makes it strangely compelling. Andrea was clearly a woman who struggled with demons, living with a talent which was at odds with her surroundings and social and family life. What happens to her children is a tragedy which goes beyond the gritty realism of her plays. Unlike her plays, their real lives never appeared to match the humour Andrea saw in her surroundings.

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