name!) proves a masterful narrator and semi-star of his own film, as he quietly goes about involving his family, especially his mother, as well as other participants spanning genera-tions and continents in his quest to find out more about the rather shocking -- but still, he never raises his voice -- relationship that evidently existed between his grandparents (shown at the bottom of this post) and a certain German family named Von Mildenstein (the paterfamilias of which is shown below, in Palestine). Who these people were -- both families, actually -- how their relationship developed, and how long it lasted despite, well, so much, um... "baggage" is the source of enormous surprise, pain, guilt and the almost constant, quiet confrontation that goes on throughout the film.
Sundance Selects, opens this Friday, October 19, in New York City at the IFC Center and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Look for it to also arrive soon at Landmark Theaters in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco East Bay area.