ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, Lucia Small and Ed Pincus -- she a middle-aged woman noted for two well-received documentaries (one of them co-directed by Pincus), he a storied-if-hardly-prolific senior documentarian best-known for his 1967 Black Natchez -- collaborate for the second time on a film about what happens when Pincus is diagnosed with a terminal illness. As might be expected the resulting movie is raw and sometimes biting, extremely personal, occasionally surpri-sing, and alternately humorous and grim.
The Axe in the Attic (about the results of Hurricane Katrina) and evidently the collaboration left something to be desired (which we don't learn all that much about), but here they are, ready to go at it once again.
Given Ed's diagnosis, his wife Jane (shown below, who was one of the several author's of the famous Our Bodies Ourselves) is not at all keen on having an interloper like Lucia constantly around to film what remains of the couple's life together. "My husband has received a death sentence, and I don't see why this should be for anyone else's delectation," notes Jane, but somehow the woman is convinced, it seems, and the film progresses -- now and then with Jane even appearing in it.
Dennis Sweeney could certainly have a film devoted all to himself!). We meet briefly Ed's son (Ben, below right) and daughter. And then Lucia takes a bad fall off a ladder and must recuperate.
First Run Features and running 105 minutes -- opens this Wednesday, May 13, in New York City at the IFC Center; on Friday, May 15, at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts, and on Friday, June 12, in Los Angeles at the Laemmle's Music Hall 3.