Review: 'The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song' A Subtle But Strikingly Moving Doc

From Shadow and Act Thu Jan 24 2013, 02:20:12

Currently screening at the Royal Cinema in Toronto since last Friday is Christy Garland's documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, which revolves around a family from Georgetown, Guyana in South America. The family's matriarch, 75-year old Mary, is an alcoholic in denial. She's also a talented poet who once set out to write a book of poems. The documentary takes its time to reveal what has caused Mary to become dependent on alcohol. One can assume is perhaps out of boredom, or because of her forgone dream of becoming a published author. After all, Mary has a loving family, which includes three other daughters and several grandchildren. Why couldn't she...

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