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  • Summary: Edited from nearly 200 hours of footage, Papirosen represents a decade of filmmaking, and four generations of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki's family history, culled from 8mm home videos, a VHS bar mitzvah, and original observational material. His father, Victor, emerges as the leadEdited from nearly 200 hours of footage, Papirosen represents a decade of filmmaking, and four generations of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki's family history, culled from 8mm home videos, a VHS bar mitzvah, and original observational material. His father, Victor, emerges as the lead figure, but Solnicki highlights the entire clan. Beginning with the birth of his nephew, Mateo, and punctuated throughout by interviews with his grandmother, Pola, a Holocaust survivor, the film's scope is simultaneously epic and intimate. [Film Movement] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 23, 2014
    90
    But instead of a dignified stroll down genealogy lane, Mr. Solnicki has made a sparking, gossipy soap opera that’s riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Solnicki demonstrates that a work of art can be made from the humble materials of home-shot video and various 8mm formats, especially when the eye and ear behind the camera are as observant and unabashed as they are here.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jan 20, 2014
    75
    Gastón Solnicki's mapping out of his family's narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed.
  4. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Solnicki's spliced-together, back-and-forth approach at first seems a jumble, but of course his choices are deliberate, and they pile up into revealing art.