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Far From the Tree

  • Starring: Amy Allnutt, Andrew Solomon, Harry Burdick, Jack Allnutt, Jason Kingsley
  • Director: Rachel Dretzin
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 93 min.

Based on the NY Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another a variety of ways.

"All of the families in Far From the Tree are compelling — their trials unimaginable and their spirits indomitable. "
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"It’s a painstaking inspection of parenthood, which is fraught even in less formidable circumstances than what these families face, and often harrowing. But it’s also a contemplation of what it means to be human and, ultimately, optimistic."
- Daphne Howland, Village Voice
"One of the great gifts of Far From the Tree is simple visibility, whereby viewers are given the opportunity to watch people live their lives, share their wisdom and flourish within the loving care of their family and friends. Fair warning: By the end of 'Far From the Tree' tears will be shed, and for all the best reasons."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"At its most radical and empathetic, "Far From the Tree" urges us to start thinking of disability in terms of identity, not as a locus of struggle but a place of being."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Enormously affecting."
- Bob Mondello, NPR's All Things Considered