FLESH AND BLOOD
MARK WEBBER | USA | ENGLISH | 2017 | 88 MIN
Philadelphia native Mark Webber’s intensely personal drama is a compelling and distinctive genre hybrid that examines family dynamics while blurring the line between narrative and documentary.
FLESH AND BLOOD tells the story of Mark (writer/director Webber), a man just home from prison who must once again live with his mother and teenage half-brother. Attempting to re-integrate himself back into society and resume his life in Philadelphia, Mark is forced to revisit a community that has barely changed. Legitimate jobs are still hard to come by, and his strained relationships with both his activist mother (Cheri Honkala) and his brother with Asperger Syndrome (Guillermo Santos) are unavoidable upon his return home. Outside of his damaged home life, Mark must also resist the temptations of crime and substance abuse that would subsequently throw him back into the life he is trying so hard to move on from. Despite his abstinence, he surrounds himself with his old circle of friends, all of whom are still deep in the throes of hard partying, proving as a particularly trying test for his sobriety. Using his real mother and younger half-brother to play versions of themselves and often shooting in vérité style, Webber delivers an intimate and touching character study that effortlessly experiments with the blending of documentary and fiction.
CAST: Mark Webber, Cheri Honkala, Guillermo Santos, Madeline Brewer
Preceded by short film:
LUCI SCHRODER | AUSTRALIA | ENGLISH | 2016 | 15 MIN
A broke and rebellious teen hustles money for the morning-after pill, before it’s too late.
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