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      Love & Stuff

      2020 1 hr. 20 min. Documentary List
      80% 5 Reviews Tomatometer Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother have a "good death" in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand becomes a "new old" single mother at 50. Overnight, she's pushed to deal with her stuff: 63 boxes of her parent's heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby's room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half century older than her daughter. Told in the first person, in deep consultation with the past -- as in 25 years of family footage -- LOVE & STUFF explores the transformative power of parenting, our complex and very emotional attachment to stuff, and what it is we really need to leave our children. Read More Read Less

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      Leslie Felperin Hollywood Reporter Honest and revealing, but not in an icky solipsistic way... Dec 18, 2020 Full Review Nora Lee Mandel Maven's Nest Helfand's emotionally intimate documentary of motherhood over 25 years of her living, dying, and dead mother, with her related ABSOLUTELY NO SPITTING short around adoption. Rated: 7/10 Mar 20, 2021 Full Review Stephen Saito Moveable Fest "Love and Stuff" gradually evolves into a celebration of the breadcrumbs we leave behind for future generations... Jun 16, 2020 Full Review Carey-Ann Pawsey Orca Sound A documentary filmmaker becomes the subject of examination in her own film. Judith Helfand documents her own life in telling the tale of her relationship with her mother and her eventual death. Rated: 3/5 Jun 1, 2020 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The privilege and indulgence would have stood out at any time. Mid-pandemic? Eye-rolling is the only polite response. Rated: 1.5/4 May 13, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother have a "good death" in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand becomes a "new old" single mother at 50. Overnight, she's pushed to deal with her stuff: 63 boxes of her parent's heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby's room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half century older than her daughter. Told in the first person, in deep consultation with the past -- as in 25 years of family footage -- LOVE & STUFF explores the transformative power of parenting, our complex and very emotional attachment to stuff, and what it is we really need to leave our children.
      Director
      Judith Helfand
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English