The Best Part of Everything

34mins | 2005 | DocumentaryNR
Weaved together by an assemblage of aesthetically and emotionally rich interviews, an extraordinary array of archival material and vérité footage, The Best Part of Everything explores an American family facing their hopes, dreams, ambitions, and regrets as the 20-something children face the real world and the parents prepare for an empty nest and retirement.

Jes Therkelsen's highly personal and poignant documentary weaves an inventive story through celebrations and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience yet delicately balances happiness with regret, sacrifice with optimism, and obligation with hope. The story is a universal yet intimate portrait of the American family, not scripted, not rehearsed, not immune to the conflicts and contradictions underlying family life and its rituals. The subjects of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory become alive with the conflicts and affections that bind a family together.

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