Nine Good Teeth

Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere
Most families have secrets - mysteries and mythologies shared behind closed doors and passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps what is most remarkable about this documentary is director Alex Halpern's insistence on ferreting out the most painful aspects of his family mythology in an irreverent, uncompromising fashion. In so doing, the film reveals many of the common truths hidden away in personal and communal histories as well as unexpected occurrences - late night visits from Jack Kerouac, illicit love affairs and the occasional murder. The film unfolds through the stories of Halpern's 104-year-old Italian-American grandmother Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere ("Nana"). In an intimate and often hilarious portrait, Mary, a fiercely independent woman, dispenses homespun wisdom in a series of unflinching conversations with her persistent and equally outspoken grandson. NINE GOOD TEETH is a tribute to a remarkable "ordinary heroine" and a powerful celebration of life, love and family.
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