Ended on 3/18/2010


2010 - USA - English - 84 minutes - Rainbow Releasing

Directed by: Cindy Kleine

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Phyllis and Harold is an astoundingly frank journey through a disastrous 59 year old marriage. Drawing on a lifetime of her family’s home movies and interviews made over 12 years, filmmaker Cindy Kleine mixes reportage, cinema verite and animation to uncover family secrets and tell a story that could not be shown publicly as long as her father was alive. Phyllis and Harold delves into the mystery of time passing, the nature of living a life, and the challenges of losing those we love. But it is also a loving, funny expose on the sins of suburbia. Imagine Bergman’s "Scenes from a Marriage" seen the prism of "I Love Lucy".

“THE FILM IS A MASTERPIECE! It is devastating, true, sad, funny, and so moving that it attracted several of my colleagues who wandered into the screening room and couldn’t leave. It’s a new kind of cinematic DNA, ruthlessly honest, carrying complicated and unsettling messages that won‘t long leave my brain and gut.”
Ken Burns, filmmaker

“WHAT A MOVIE! It is shocking and riveting in about a hundred ways. This movie is completely original and new in its conception, graphics, and affect. I oved it.”
Mike Nichols, film and theatre director

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Posted by : Andrea Petersen Date Added: 1/3/2010 10:08:16 PMreport this post 
Although Phyllis and Harold dissects a marriage it cannot escape also being about the courage and generosity of the daughter who made the film. Cindy's compassion, testament to a triumphant escape from the madness of her childhood, adds the element to this brilliant, tragic/comic portrayal that makes the movie a classic.

Posted by : Indie Movie Lover Date Added: 1/31/2010 1:58:49 PMreport this post 
I was this film at a recent film festival and it is brilliant! I highly recommend it!

Posted by : Gail Marks Date Added: 2/13/2010 12:00:35 PMreport this post 
A truth-seeing daughter pierces the identities her parents presented as she grew up. Poignant, rueful, harsh and loving, and richly detailed, Cindy Kleine presents her parents in their own words and pictures. Her mother, a closet diva who stars in her own inner movie,
her stolid father a role-model for a film-maker with his continuous photographing. Nothing is just what it seems. Laugh and weep. Oh, and it looks great, too.

Posted by : Sean Garnhart Date Added: 2/15/2010 12:28:04 PMreport this post 
uncomfortably honest and emotionally captivating...you need to see this!!

Posted by : Ann McCoy Date Added: 2/24/2010 6:43:36 PMreport this post 
Cindy has made an amazing film which is a window onto life with a narcissistic mother. The neglected daughters are the heroes of this film funny, compassionate, wise, evolved. The mother remains the flawed empty one, mothered by her daughters. The Village Voice and NT Times reviews were way off base. Everyone I have sent to this film to has LOVED it, especially my fellow Irish depressives with narcissistic mothers. Cindy has caught the humor, the way Woody Allen does, of the suburban setting. The film is fresh with the paper doll cut outs of the mom in multiple outfits, rapid travel snap shots, and Trader Vic's setting for the paramour. BRAVO CINDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by : soed yusof Date Added: 9/3/2010 3:02:12 AMreport this post 
some good view understanding more love and good sense on the public relation.

Posted by : Doc-Man Date Added: 10/2/2010 12:28:14 PMreport this post 
Saw P & H at Lincoln Ctr and was both amused and saddened by this intimate portrait of a marriage by the daughter-with-a-camera. Turns out, Dad was no slouch with a camera either, so the film also acts as a beautiful panorama of a wife and family through time. Kleine addresses the audience with direct honesty, and her parents with rare compassion. The film allows us to think anew about the meaning and consequences of parenting and marriage.

Posted by : Megaera Date Added: 10/2/2010 12:30:36 PMreport this post 
I had the great good fortune to see this film at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Cindy Kleine's kaleidoscopic storytelling is breathtaking. See it.

Posted by : john drury Date Added: 10/2/2010 12:30:38 PMreport this post 
My wife and I both loved this film. Visually, the special color resonates way past the time in the theatre, watching. The editing is superb.

Content wise, the characters are familiar, but different. We knew them or people very much like them and the archival footage is used beautifully to explain them.

Posted by : Mario Date Added: 10/2/2010 12:59:14 PMreport this post 
When documentary becomes a scalpel! I loved it, my wife loved it, we felt strange for this strange life on film which reminds us how strange all of our lives are...

Posted by : Monina von Opel Date Added: 10/2/2010 1:01:37 PMreport this post 
Every family has secrets. Watch Cindy Kleine's brilliant scalpel at work uncovering and exposing her own family: it is funny, touching and told with great sense of humour. Go!

Posted by : edward miller Date Added: 10/2/2010 1:10:31 PMreport this post 
The second time I watched this wonderfully nuanced film, I found even more layers of wit and enlightenment. It is clearly not fiction...you can't make this stuff up!!! Run...don't walk!!

Posted by : Vasco Marscal Date Added: 10/2/2010 2:52:55 PMreport this post 
I was very moved by this film- it showed a raw, honest inside look at a family and at a marriage. But I'm a sucker for raw honest films about marriage .... If you liked Divorce Italian Style and Scenes from A Marriage, you'll like this.

Posted by : Gerry Flynn Date Added: 10/2/2010 4:18:04 PMreport this post 
Saw it at an Independents Night screening. It is documentary as deep family drama - dark, hilarious and, sharklike: it never stops moving and showing it's teeth. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Posted by : Robin Haueter Date Added: 10/2/2010 6:09:39 PMreport this post 
Saw this at Lincoln Center and was blown away. I don't want to give anything away — as the story unfolds, more and more layers are revealed. Full of surprises. In the end, devastating.

Posted by : Odd Banner Date Added: 10/2/2010 6:38:33 PMreport this post 
This is a wonderful, funny, sad, amazing film about family... and family secrets. Everyone should see it! I loved it!

Posted by : bruce Odland Date Added: 10/2/2010 10:53:14 PMreport this post 
this film is really special, taking you through such an intimate view of the filmakers parents that i cannot beleive she actually got and used these shots. its deep and a little transgressive by normal family standards, but revealing and deep and tender.

Posted by : Noa Hall Date Added: 11/2/2010 7:33:53 AMreport this post 
What a courageous excavation of one's parents lives together and of the secrets that bear fruit. I have seen this three times, and have become more aware each time of the layers and veils of deceit and attachment, of an exaggerated state of being which many of us may have in an interior way but which we rarely act upon... This film is fascinating, and beautifully made. It is not to be missed on the big screen!

Posted by : Ann Neal Date Added: 11/2/2010 6:05:59 PMreport this post 
When i watched this film, I was moved, awed, shocked, brought to laughter, and brought to tears. It is an amazing film that really makes you question what secrets your own family is hiding. It is a film that you can go to with friends and then go out to dinner and discuss for hours.

Posted by : Phil Solness Date Added: 12/2/2010 12:59:31 PMreport this post 
I accidentally wandered into Phyllis and Harold nearly a year ago at a film festival in Boston and was staggered. It's explosively entertaining and profoundly moving. My friends and I were up half the night talking about it. I can't get it out of my head. I look forward to seeing it again and encourage everyone else to see it too.

     Total Comments:  20   Lowest vote: 3  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 4.9 out of 5

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