Josef's Daughter

Josefs Daughter

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"Josef's Daughter uses the experience of one woman's relationship with her father as an examination of love (or its absence), narcissism, and coping with loss. The film raises interesting and provocative questions about how we see ourselves and our families as we age in a society obsessed with youth and appearance."
- Geoffrey Dowd, Principal, Trafalgar School for Girls

A Montreal woman delivers a compelling meditation on mortality and family dynamics. At 50, as Ilana Linden enters menopause, her father Josef is dying of Parkinson's. Immobilized by fear, she tries to hold back her own decline by molding a new body making herself robust and resilient, so that mid-life can become a place of promise. Speaking directly to the camera, Ilana shares her most intimate thoughts about her relationship with Josef and her terror of growing old.

When Josef dies she finds herself mourning a man she hardly knew. A Jew who escaped to Palestine from Romania during the Holocaust, Josef was an emotionally distant man who had a powerful impact on Ilana's self-image. He scrutinized her physical appearance in a way no other man did. In emotionally naked exchanges with her mother and sister, Ilana explores what has shaped her personal take on aging, death, youth and beauty.

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