Review: ‘Me and Me Dad’

Katrine Boorman turns the camera on her indefatigable helmer father in breezy, low-tech docu "Me And Me Dad"; result is a cross between biopic, whimsy and family therapy.

Katrine Boorman turns the camera on her indefatigable helmer father in breezy, low-tech docu “Me And Me Dad”; result is a cross between biopic, whimsy and family therapy. Even though admitting that her motivation is to bridge the gulf that developed between them after his second marriage, she also allows her siblings Charley and Daisy and her German-born mother, Christel, to add their two cents, to sometimes cringe-inducing effect. Nevertheless, Boorman pere retains his equanimity throughout, and as always proves a charming raconteur.

Although “Dad” covers some of the same ground as the more academic “John Boorman: Portrait” (2009) by Philippe Pilard, it has the inside track on the helmer as family man. The Boorman kids frequently accompanied their parents on location and appeared in many of John’s films, generating a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and photos. While John and Cristel’s marriage was stormy (in one amusing anecdote he describes it as “a continuation of the Second World War by other means”) he displays a tender regard for his offspring. Pic’s most poignant moments come as Katrine prods him to speak about much-missed elder daughter, Telsche, who died in 1996.

Me and Me Dad

U.K.

Production

A High Point Media presentation of a Colourframe production in association with Embargo Films. (International sales: High Point Media Group, London.) Produced by Katrine Boorman, Danny Moynihan, Mel Agace. Executive producers, Rose Garnett, Christopher Simon, Felix Vossen. Directed by Katrine Boorman.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Sophie Pierozzi; editor, Ash Jenkins; music, Neil McColl, Kate St. John. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Cannes Classics), May 21, 2012. Running time: 69 MIN.

With

Katrine Boorman, John Boorman, Christel Kruse Boorman, Charley Boorman, Daisy Boorman.

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