Running from Crazy
Directed by Barbara Kopple
'Running from Crazy' is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness.
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★★★½ review by Nathan Rabin on Letterboxd
Recommended for people whose lives have been touched by depression (which is to say everyone).
★★★★ review by Jennifer on Letterboxd
I'm such a fan of Barbara Kopple. She's able to let the subjects tell the stories in her documentaries. As a director, she blends into the background and allows all of her subjects breathe. I like that - slow, deliberate, considered.
This was a very solid film about mental illness in the Hemingway family. But anyone who has struggled with family members with bipolar depression gets why Mariel wanted to make this movie.
★★★½ review by Persia on Letterboxd
Mariel Hemingway confronts the family demons, after spending most of her life trying to avoid them. She's remarkably honest, and the documentary does its best to strip the romanticism from the Hemingway mystique.
★★★½ review by Dustin Micheal Reid on Letterboxd
Interesting story I was unaware of. As we follow Manhattan star, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), through the history of her family's struggle with suicide and mental illness.
Ultimately the film doesn't really answer any questions but remains compelling throughout its runtime.
There's one word you can't use when describing the Hemingway's and that would be boring. Boring, they are not.
★★★½ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd
Muriel Hemingway has had six family members and a sister commit suicide. This interesting, introspective documentary is her (and her two sisters') stories culminating in a moving New York walk for suicide prevention. As insider bios go, there's certainly a lot of old footage of the Hemingway family to add veracity. And Muriel herself (and to a lesser extent her sister Margaux) are beautiful and well spoken. There are some, frankly, shocking revelations here...and yet, like Anna Karenina's family, these are famous people who are unhappy in their own way. I'm not sure that potential suicides will be saved by this film; but its truthfulness is refreshing.
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