Don’t get sidetracked by the confusing, too-clever-for-its-own-good title. The winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short is a deeply moving human portrait. (Watch the full 40-minute movie above.)
Mindy Alper is a 56-year-old woman who has suffered from phobias her entire life. As a child, depression, anxiety, and social triggers were compounded by a complicated relationship with her mother (who was ill-equipped to care for the needs of her daughter) and an emotionally-distant father, not to mention the demands of mid-20th Century societal norms and expectations.
What unfolds is a confessional inventory by both Mindy and her mother, of coming to terms with regrets and forgiveness. A big part of the healing process comes through Mindy’s gallery-worthy art of sketches and sculptures, as well as influential mentors.
A fragility remains inside her, and always will, but Mindy also possesses a beauty and tenderness to aspire to, with simple dreams that are universal.