Flesh and Blood

Mixing fiction and reality, filmmaker Mark Webber tells the story of a man who returns home from prison and attempts to rebuild his life in his impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood.


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  • ★★★½ review by Scott Pfeiffer on Letterboxd

    "Mark Webber's friends and family members play versions of themselves in FLESH AND BLOOD, a candid, moving drama that also carries a personal dimension for me (see below)."

    For my full review, hit CINE-FILE Chicago at www.cinefile.info/cine-list/2017/12/8/-friday-december-8-thursday-december-14-

  • ★★★★ review by fourgrant on Letterboxd

    While it seems bleak, it's far from it. Go into it knowing that Webber's real mom and brother are playing the same in this.

    [Seen at Indie Memphis]

  • ★★★★★ review by sschuster on Letterboxd

    I REALLY enjoyed this film. It's emotionally raw, and drips with life. I felt such a range of emotions watching it, and, to me, that's what a great movie does.

  • ★★★★ review by Munya Chiro on Letterboxd

    Mark Webber took a bold and fresh bet on film and it payed off with this enjoyable, gripping work of art as the result. This is not a traditional style of filmmaking, and it's meta on multiple levels, but if you're into avant-garde, topical subject matter, or intimate immersion into someone's world, I'd check this out.

  • ★★★★ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd

    Extremely emotionally resonant and personal film about a man who reconnects with his family after a stint in prison. Blurs the line between fact and fiction as director stars with cast made up of family members playing themselves - heaps of confronting tales of personal pain, failure, loss and regret. A kind-of post-mumblecore project, the film is interspersed with inauthentic scripted material that doesn't tonally sit right in the context of the film but, in doing so, manages to strengthen its more emotionally legitimate moments.

    Mark Webber makes up for shortcomings imposed by the budgetary limitations on the technical aspects of the film in spades with his impressively consistent execution of intensely personal moments. Overall, while it's sloppy at times, it's still a definite personal highlight of the festival.

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