Screening Room: In The Family

(KTSF by Sean Au)

A man in Tennessee risks losing the custody of his son after the death of his partner.

This is a story that happens in a family with two fathers and a six – year – old child. The biological father of the son Chip (Sebestian Bane) was killed in an accident. While Chip and his other Chinese – American father Joey (Patrick Wang) are still mourning their loss , the child’s aunt takes him away as there was no updated will from the deceased in the six years that the couple had been together. There was even a restraining order against Joey from contacting the child. In the eyes of the law, Joey does not have a case yet he tries all avenues possible to get his son back.

“In the Family” is the debut feature from Patrick Wang who is a former MIT economics graduate and has ventured into theatre. His cinematography of the movie shows this theatrical influence from the way Wang lets his characters enter and exit a wide static frame. Yet this does not draw attention from the human drama of the film. Wang says this is essentially a film about what happens in a family, “How do they treat each other? What is their relationship like? What do they give each other? What do sons remember of their father and what do they carry with them?”

The film handles the issues faced by a non traditional family and that of a minority race with sensitivity and ultimately succeeds in drawing the audience in to care for this family.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of In The Family LLC.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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