The Kids Grow Up

Directed by: Doug Block

Like many fathers, filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has been videotaping his daughter Lucy since she was born. She has grown from a petite ballerina to a smart, savvy teenager, and he obsessively keeps trying to capture her fine, swift arc into adulthood. As she prepares to leave for college, he finds empty nest syndrome falling heavily upon him, but Lucy resents the camera’s constant intrusion and seems to be more interested in her French boyfriend than relishing her final moments at home. As universal as it is personal, this poignant memoir throws the doors wide open on the Block family in order to examine the sweet, harsh realities of parenthood and the nature of love itself. (2009, 90 min.)

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