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“˜The Kids Grow Up’ turns the lens on home videos and the right to privacy

14 March 2011

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“˜The Kids Grow Up’ turns the lens on home videos and the right to privacy

Early in “The Kids Grow Up,” Doug Block’s captivating documentary about his teenage daughter’s final year at home before leaving for college, he describes his rising feelings of anxiety as her departure became a concrete reality.

While images of Lucy Block growing up play lyrically across the screen, it becomes clear that she’s a child whose rapport with the camera is as intimate and easy as with a family member.

As Block explains, not only was his daughter born “at the dawn of the consumer camcorder,” but throughout her years growing up, she suffered “the double misfortune of having a documentary filmmaker for a father.”

As “The Kids Grow Up” toggles gracefully between images of Lucy as an enchanting toddler and those of an equally beguiling, self-possessed young woman, the film indelibly captures the fishbowl life of a generation that came of age in front of cameras – mostly wielded by fathers – that served as devices for both neurotic attachment and emotional distance.

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via The Washington Post

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