The New Man (2016)HD
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About the Film
A married couple (writer Devorah Baum & filmmaker Josh Appignanesi, The Infidel) turn the camera on themselves as they undergo the wry, hilarious journey to becoming parents in our era of IVF, late reproduction, and the crisis of masculinity. But when life-threatening complications hit, they're tested to the brink. What emerges is an intimate, moving portrait of a generation going through a revolution that no-one's talking about. En route we encounter the likes of Zadie Smith, John Berger, Antony Gormley, Slavoj Žižek, Hisham Matar, Darian Leader (20,000 Days on Earth) and David Schneider. It's a film for anyone who has children, is thinking of having them, or still feels like a child themselves. "Lovely, personal and abjectly honest... Very funny and poignant." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; "Moving, insightful and beautifully crafted." David Calhoun, Time Out; "Intimate, moving, painfully revealing - an extraordinary documentary and an exploration of what truly matters in a life and in a marriage." Kamila Shamsie; "The New Man is a film about maleness, parenthood, mortality, Jewishness and sex. If it had a bit about football, it might be my favourite ever." David Baddiel.
A unique and beautiful film.
'The New Man' is unlike anything I've ever seen.
It's a documentary, sure. Played out like an arthouse film, moving between moments of deadpan humour, Woody Allen-esque self-analysis and unbearable, devastating tension. At times Bergmanesque, at times resembling 24 hours in A&E. There are even elements of what seem like artifice, but carry no less truth. At one point a tableau of smokers in a garden exchange elliptical conversation punctuated with "This Summer...continues" and it's like you're watching a Chekhov play.
You get the sense of something in gestation, as if the film is finding it's form as it goes along, giving it a natural easiness at odds with the difficulties nature is throwing at, in particular, poor Devorah.
Interviews, offering absolutely no definitive idea of what it means to be a parent and all the more profound for it, are interspliced with often awkwardly intimate moments of domestic interaction and self-reflection that give this film a rare honesty and provokes an alertness, a hyper-sensivity in the viewer. It did in me, anyway.
I was not at all prepared for how affecting this movie is. It's beautiful. An ultimately humble and humbling insight into one of the many mysteries of life.
Very touching, intimate doc
Brought tears to my eyes. Must see for anyone who's ever been thinking of/ trying to have children
Other peoples laundry. Fascinating for them. Less so for us.