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In the Family: A Gay Family Faces Tragedy

IN THE FAMILY As close as you're going to get to All in the Family: The Movie.

IN THE FAMILY As close as you're going to get to All in the Family: The Movie.

IMAGINE A PERFECT FAMILY: two loving fathers and a sweet six-year-old boy living in a small, comfortable Tennessee home. All with adorable Southern accents! And matching cereal bowls! Then imagine everything terrible happening in a matter of weeks to this family—throwing one of the fathers, Joey (Patrick Wang, who also wrote and directed), into a mad scramble to regain the carefree life he once had, a stark contrast to his tumultuous childhood.

In the Family tackles the aftermath of a spouse's death in a gay marriage, illustrating the emotional whirlwind of a child custody dispute with beautiful, long takes carefully paced with silence and telling dialogue. In place of staged, perfectly framed shots, Wang favors off-center, out-of-focus, captivating glimpses into this fragmented situation, and instead of having a rage blackout—a move you'll secretly want him to make—Joey patiently negotiates with his dead husband's family and his own self-control in order to win back the right to raise his young son. Putting a face behind an issue that's usually lost in legal files, In the Family offers a fresh, necessary angle on a hot-button topic while holding onto a timeless theme: the importance of family.

In the Family
Rated NR · 169 min.
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Director: Patrick Wang
Writer: Patrick Wang
Producer: Andrew van den Houten, Robert TOnino and Patrick Wang
Cast: Trevor St. John, Patrick Wang, Sebastian Brodziak, Brian Murray, Park Overall, Peter Herman, Susan Kellerman, Zachary Sayle, Georgie DeNoto and Juliette Allen-Angelo

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