Silver Images Film Festival, program three | Chicago Reader

Silver Images Film Festival, program three

In the Academy Award winner Big Mama (39 min., 2000) an 89-year-old woman in Los Angeles gains custody of her nine-year-old grandson after a five-year battle with bureaucrats who felt she was too old to care for him and placed him in foster care. The genuine affection between her and the boy seems to confirm her view that love is all he needs, but the story becomes disturbing after he unaccountably sets fire to her house. First-time director Tracy Seretean follows the two in real time, giving a good sense of the small details of daily life.

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