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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. Positive: 7 out of 7
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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: Boyd van Hoeij
    Sep 3, 2014
    80
    The director clearly takes depression and suicidal urges and the possibility they may be hereditary very seriously but that doesn’t mean that the film isn’t often very witty.
  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: 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 3, 2014
    70
    With an insightfulness born from firsthand experience, Rocks in My Pockets posits depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia as conditions that, though potentially lethal, remain manageable, if only through persistent battle.
  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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