Postcard to Daddy

Postcard to Daddy

           Postcard to Daddy
               Genre: Documentary
               Family relationship, sexual abuse, father-son relationship, biography, Berlinale 2010
  From outside the family seemed to floor to be always normal: mother, father and three children. The elder brother, a little introverted, highly intelligent daughter and the youngest son, Michael, a sunshine. But the facade is deceptive, because Michael was eight years long abused by his own father sexually. And no one noticed it, not even his mother or his siblings. Since then, much time has passed. Michael Stock has become a filmmaker. But the issue he could not respond for years. After he fell ill with AIDS and in 2007 suffered a stroke, he finally took the decision this chapter in his life and his family uncover relentlessly, hoping perhaps to find his peace. The result of this journey into the dark past is Postcard to Daddy, a documentary that deals honestly but sensitively with the subject. This is not at floor to display his mental wounds. He comes to the conclusion to the peace of mind of himself and his family. Stock takes long conversations with his brothers and sisters whose lives have been changed with the truth, too. How to deal with a father who tortured his own brother, who himself has never done a wrong? Should we confront his own children with such a grandpa? In particular, the mother, who had noticed in all the years nothing, Stock takes you on his healing process. Both go to Thailand and try and unsparing in long talks to find a conclusion. What is fundamentally different to Daddy Postcard from similar documentaries, is his honesty. to tell where other films or reimburse only cryptic report, except the floor action in the eye and reported it. With so much immediacy of the audience only has to learn to deal, because the truth makes it uncomfortable. The rolling up of many small details perverse and destructive but has put here not intended to be displayed. It’s not a matter of showing how much one has yet suffered. But it goes out for a way out of the victim. In their talks, the family begins to put the past and the question of how they can live with the guilt and shame. But it turns out more than clear how much damage an abuse of such a man. Analyzed Stock detail not only his childhood but also his life as an adult, which was marked at every phase of his abuse experiences. It is sometimes difficult to listen to tolerate these talks. Stocks life story and his way of telling her, takes the audience so much that it is difficult to endure this film. But just as must be, is because all too often turned a blind eye on this issue. It is amazing how apologetic and sympathetic to the offender is over – not that you could forgive him, but there is surprisingly much mental work against him. The question of how the father some twenty years later, thinking about trying to stick well to answer. It is almost unbelievable that he manages to interview him too. So much chutzpah you have not seen in the cinema. If floor is his peace of mind with this film came closer, one can only guess. But Postcard to Daddy’s definitely an important document that the “just do not talk about it” taboo escapes and sexual abuse shows than what he is: the destruction of a people. (Beatrice Behn)
  Title: Postcard to Daddy Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2010 Length: 85 (Min.) Distribution: Salzgeber

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