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Dear Talula (2006/First Run Features DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Program: B-



Breast Cancer is still a serious menace that is so bad, even men can get it, but women are the main victims and when then 38-year-old new mother Lori Benson found out she had it, she decided to start recording (without later consideration of what to exactly do with the footage) every event she could and all the time she spent with her daughter.  At one point, she had all this footage including following her through the process of detecting and treating the cancer, editing it together.  The result is a document for her daughter in case she died from it she decided to simply call Dear Talula.


Despite the hours of footage, she cut this down to a short 34 minutes, but it is very effective, telling and personal for what it is and at times can be very striking.  Benson is exposing her private life in bold ways and all because she loves her daughter so much.  I will not reveal the results, but it is compelling and will likely help many going through the same situation to see it, deserving its on DVD.


The 1.33 X 1 image is mixed because it comes from so many analog and low-def digital sources, but is well-edited just the same.  Just expect some variance in picture quality.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple at best and sometimes you can hear the limits of the location audio.  Extras include Who’s On Your Team? Short, resources text, Director’s Notes with video reel and a Breast Cancer Guidebook printable in DVD-ROM form.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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