Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)

Not Rated   |  Video   |    |  Drama


Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003) Poster

From acclaimed director Douglas Buck comes an unflinching, disturbingly beautiful look at the underbelly of American family. Three separate narratives (including the shocking film festival ... See full summary »


6.4/10
347

Photos


See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


28 September 2010 | HumanoidOfFlesh
9
| A sad and depressing experience.
The first short "Cutting Moments"(1997)simply blew me away.It's an incredibly depressing and cold journey into into family alienation,murder and masochistic self-mutilation.A young wife Sarah played convincingly by Nica Ray desperately wants to be loved,but her husband Gary Bettsworth has no remaining feelings for the woman,so he turns his jaded sexuality onto his son,whom he abuses.She dresses up in red to become more appealing to her husband(unsuccessfully)and after that Sarah horribly mutilates herself.She scrubs her lips bloody before cutting them off,the final act of utter desperation that encourages her husband to indulge into obscene act of feeling.A truly masterful short filled with despair and horrific gore.The second film "Home"(1998)plays almost like a remake of "Cutting Moments" and has similarly disturbing tone without relaying on excessive gore.We see another dysfunctional family living in their own private hell and that makes the climax more bleak and depressing."Home" is not as good as "Cutting Moments",but it surely left me emotionally drained.The last film "Prologue"(2003)tells the story of a young teenage girl,who was brutally attacked and raped one year earlier.She emerges from the hospital in a wheelchair and arrives back home with her parents.Soon the emotional horror begins as a young woman decides to confront her attacker,a local artist called Benjamin Miller,who draws obscene sexual pictures of a young girls.Still "Prologue" seems to be the most optimistic film of the trilogy and I really recommend it.Douglas Buck is certainly one of the bravest directors around and I can easily say that I liked "Family Portraits".9 out of 10.

Critic Reviews



More Like This

Cutting Moments

Cutting Moments

Blood Feast

Blood Feast

Phenomena

Phenomena

Sisters

Sisters

Prologue

Prologue

Death Smiles on a Murderer

Death Smiles on a Murderer

The New York Ripper

The New York Ripper

The Beyond

The Beyond

Strip Nude for Your Killer

Strip Nude for Your Killer

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Theatre Bizarre

The Theatre Bizarre

Home

Home

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama

Directing Runs in the Family for Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman reflects on winning an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "Ozark" and how he was inspired by his father, director Kent Bateman.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our Emmys Guide for photos from TV's big night, and our list of winners, which reveals how many awards "Game of Thrones" "Fleabag," and more shows racked up.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com