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  • Summary: Fighting for her sanity, Signe Baumane uses wit and imagination to confront the secrets of her family's madness.
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  1. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Sep 3, 2014
    100
    Boasting a narrative of extraordinary complexity and density, stuffed with irony, humor and tales-within-tales, the imaginative animated memoir Rocks in My Pockets merges a mini-history of 20th-century Latvia with that of helmer Signe Baumane and her forebears.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 3, 2014
    90
    The bravery of Ms. Baumane’s own coping methods (which some may disagree with) brings her tough-minded film to a cleareyed, forward-looking conclusion that doesn’t lose sight of her demons.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 25, 2014
    88
    Signe Baumane opens her sardonically hilarious, sneakily moving, autobiographical animated feature, Rocks in My Pocket, with what looks like a darker version of one of those chipper psycho-pharmaceutical ads.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Sep 4, 2014
    75
    This inventive animated feature about depression and familial roots suggests NPR's "The Moth" storytelling series by way of Persepolis, mixing mesmerizing memoir monologue with whimsical animation.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Oct 23, 2014
    75
    There are slow bits, as Baumane delves into stories that are less interesting than others. But overall, her family history is rife with complex characters, and she brings them all to life in a loving, if scrutinizing, way.
  6. Reviewed by: Charles Solomon
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    Rocks in My Pockets is not an easy film to watch... But it serves as a striking reminder of the individuals who suffer similar pains in silence, and of the special power of animation to make the unseen visible.
  7. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Sep 4, 2014
    63
    Depression is such a personal, intangible, mystifying phenomenon. Signe Baumane tries to make sense of it in unexpected fashion — through colorful animation and dark humor — with Rocks in My Pockets.

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