You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born is a visually rich film that follows a woman through a life characterized by damage and loss, but in which she finds humor, love and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life—from her birth in the early 1970s to her death in the 2040s—the film takes us from moments of harrowing loss to those of poignancy and dark humor. Her life is told through voice-over, narrated by performers who range in age from nine to sixty-nine, and is beautifully illustrated with images of animals (including humans), insects and landscapes.

The film features Rebecca Manley who has acted in Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, the series This is England 86, 88 and 90, and Channel 4’s recent adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. —Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby

The new film from Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby has finally reached the end of its life cycle. If we go back and think about its constituent parts, maybe it started as a larva while they were gathering footage of the cats, prairie dogs, dog-dogs, insects and sundry other critters that we find in their work. The pupa stage is perhaps when they developed Le fabuleux destin d’Lenore, the elusive character at the center of the narrative whose life is related through snippets and vignettes. Finally, its full blossoming into adulthood occurred after repeated massaging, prickling and smoothing of these different stories, threads, images and sounds all into a congealed whole. —Herb Shellenberger

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