'My Olympic Summer' an exquisite short documentary

Sentinel Movie Critic

Daniel Robin's exquisite short documentary MyOlympic Summer (a Sundance award winner) is about old home movies and old family photos and how they might reveal more than we think if we know the whole story.

His father was an Army chaplain, a rabbi stationed in Germany in the 60s and 70s. His mom, he came to learn, lived a desperately lonely and disappointed life with him.

As Daniel ponders his own divorce, he stumbles across an undeveloped roll of home movie film and a letter to his father than his mother never sent. Through the found footage and his own interpretation of images, Daniel comes to appreciate that his parents went through rough times and chose to endure rather than divorce.

It's a first-person essay style of filmmaking, very much in the Ross McElwee tradition. But inexplicably, co-writer M.R. Dhar narrates the film as Daniel, robbing it of some of that "true story" legitimacy and immediacy.

Screening with Intimidad: Saturday, March 29, 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM at Regal

Thursday, April 3, 1:30 PM – 3:10 PM at Enzian


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