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The Woodmans

Biography . Documentary

The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art.

Actors: Charles Woodman , Betty Woodman , George Woodman , Francesca Woodman
Directors: Scott Willis
Country: USA , CHINA , ITALY
Release: 2011-01-18
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  • Stephen Holden

    Family dynamics examined through the prism of art: The Woodmans, C. Scott Willis's compelling documentary study of an artistic clan whose comfortable life was shattered by the suicide of its youngest member, asks profound questions to which there really are no answers.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Ultimately, The Woodmans is a haunting study in family dynamics.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    As frank, discerning and eloquent as its subjects, The Woodmans is one of the most affecting art-themed documentaries.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    It's impossible to listen to Francesca's parents, deadly serious about art as a higher calling, without feeling both saddened and disturbed.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    Directed by C. Scott Willis, this beautifully shot documentary blends Francesca's work -- photos, videos and passages from her diary -- with interviews.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Intentionally or unintentionally, there's a degree of accusation to The Woodmans that's discomfiting, almost as if Willis is indicting Francesca's parents for being so self-involved-even though they're just answering his questions as honestly as they can.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    What emerges is a portrait of the "psychic risk," as her father says, of living a creative life - and the intense feeling that entails.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    If The Woodmans has something profound to say-and it does, unwittingly-it's that art can't raise a child solo.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    For all the interviewees who tearfully speak of her work, the film does anything but.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review