Forgetting Dad

Forgetting Dad

Forgetting Dad

               Genre: Documentary
               Family relationships, amnesia, car accident, father-son relationship

In search of the absent father

  “The absent father is stronger than the father has been present ever!” Wrote Sigmund Freud in 1913 in his book Totem and Taboo . Since this sentence, the absent father has become a Grundtheorem of psychoanalysis, that has lost none of its importance. Of an absent father very special know Rick Minnich and Matt Sweet Woods breathtaking documentary Forgetting Dad to tell, in which that Minnich is to look for the backgrounds of the amnesia of his father. The result is a moving mixture of umgemein family trauma, crime and digression about how we define our identity and how we construct reality.

In fact, it is only a small rear-end collision as it occurs hundreds of times every day somewhere in the world: On 21 May 1990 turn a mini-van into the parking lot of a shopping center in Sacramento, when another car crashes into the rear of the vehicle. violated the damage is hardly worth talking about, and so also was no one to part the way back to the accident. The rude awakening in the truest sense follows only a week later, when the driver of the minivan wakes up one morning and no longer recognizes his wife. And worse, from one moment to the other seems to be the whole previous life of the 45-year-old man wiped out and eradicated any memory. What begins now is like a nightmare: Although the doctors can find no physical causes of amnesia and hope for a speedy recovery of memory, is the radical loss of all memories are affected and changed the lives of the family radical. The man to whom this has happened, is the father of the filmmaker Rick Minnich. And the leaves for 18 years to go on the reasons for the amnesia of his father on the ground.

The more Rick in its several ways complicated family history dips (his father now lives with his wife in the remote and secluded Orgeon), the greater are the doubts whether the amnesia that marked the family for almost two decades has taken place. Each time, clues that make the whole thing seem odd at least, there are rumors and statements, which ultimately are just guesses – because no one can look at Richard Minnich, and no one can look into him. By constantly changing women’s stories, there is the issue of difficulties in the job to adapt and even the possible involvement in a bank fraud – there are pages on the nature of his father, Rick did not know yet. What is to infer, is also unclear: Can it be that the amnesia is due to a complete overload of Richard? Or worse, the amnesia Ricks father has just designed to escape from a life and to escape any responsibility he may have felt to be intolerable? Is he capable of hurting it to the people who are closest to him? It is a tremendous idea – but it appears with increasing duration and more plausible.

In the end, however, there is the encounter Ricks and his half-brother Justin with her father. But instead of a confirmation for all their guesses and speculation, the story remains in the balance, is the response of the visibly aged father from possible ambiguous: On the question of his son, “Did you ever your memory back?” he replies with the words: “In I never think to. (Brought #)
That the film in spite of this floating state but something of a relief (even if the central questions remain still unanswered), we know only at the end credits to read the legend: “For Richard, the old and the new. ” It’s almost as if Rick Minnich made his peace with his father. This is as admirable as this relentless open and very moving film about a mystery which one – it would be in the form of a feature packed – would hardly be believed. All the more astonishing the cognition, which adjusts for this film almost inevitable: the most intricate and writes incredible stories is, after all the (real) life. And the saddest anyway.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Forgetting Dad Country of production: , Germany Length: 84 (Min.) Distribution: W film

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