Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother have a “good death” in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand becomes a “new old” single mother at 50. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her stuff: 63 boxes of her parent’s heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half century older than her daughter.
Told in the first person and in deep consultation with the past, it explores the transformative power of parenting, our complex and very emotional attachment to stuff, and what it is we really need to leave our children. Through this film Helfand establishes a voice that is deeply personal, darkly funny and ultimately reflects the universal power of love and family.
Love & Stuff touches on so many universal themes that everyone can relate to. From ageing to loving, to losing to gaining. My eyes were wet through much of the film.
- Raphaela Niehausen, DOC NYC