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  • Summary: When a Hartford couple turns to psychiatry for help with their marriage in 1960, things quickly spiral out of control. Couples counseling, individual and group therapy and 24-hour marathon sessions ensue. Their four children suffer and are given their own psychiatrists. Pills are prescribed, people are institutionalized, shock-therapy is administered. This is an intimate story in the family’s own words, from an extraordinary collection of audio recordings and home movies, illuminating a difficult and extraordinary time. (Gigantic Releasing) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    90
    At its heart, and there is a great heart to be discovered here, Morgan Dews' documentary Must Read After My Death is a searing and intimate account of an unconventional woman struggling not to lose her identity or her sanity in the rigid 1950s suburban world of stay-at-home moms, well-behaved children and sparkling-clean houses.
  2. 88
    What an anguished story it tells, of a marriage from hell.
  3. Did granny intend this stuff for strangers? We'll never know. File this ''therapeutic'' movie, well made and creepy, on the dysfunction-as-art shelf next to "Capturing the Friedmans."
  4. 80
    Watching the American nightmare of Must Read After My Death play out, it's impossible not to be both horrified and powerfully moved. Impossible as well not to feel profound admiration for the artfulness with which Dews has pieced these archival cries for help into a singular creation anyone who appreciates first rate filmmaking absolutely must see.
  5. 75
    As with "Capturing the Friedmans," the documentary is grueling to sit through. Yet the greasy, guilty thrill of being privy to your neighbors' most intimate dramas makes it impossible to stop watching.
  6. 75
    The relentless negativity in Must Read After My Death can become overwhelming at times, but it's undeniably mesmerizing.
  7. An alternately fascinating and disquietingly intimate portrait of a 1960s American family falling apart.

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  1. JoeR
    Feb 20, 2009
    9
    Intense film.
  2. SueS
    Mar 19, 2009
    9
    C'mon can't anyone just rate this without trying to be melodramatic or trying to be the next author? Let's just call it. They were both stuck in this marriage that I don't think either of them wanted. She wanted great kids, I'm not sure what he wanted, but it was clear what they both wanted when he traveled for business. I would call it an understanding. The hell that was for her and for many women in the 60's was the expectation of the women "Kept" at home. I know women from that time and it was very accurately portrayed in this film. Expand