“Surviving Family” – A Review

The film's poster.
The film’s poster.

A film of intricacy and heart, of meaning and sorrow. Of humor and joy. The meaning of family and life. Surviving Family is the story of Terry Malone. A woman in love, who struggles with the troubles of her past. A past that includes suicide alcoholism and mental illness.

The film is a strong story, that jerks at your heart and allows you to connect the problems of Terry with your own life’s areas of troubled moments. The film is beautifully directed by Laura Thies and written by Mara Lesemann and stars an immensely talented cast. Top notch acting all around from Sarah Wilson, Billy Magnussen, Tara Westwood, Bill Sage, Johnny Hopkins, J.D. Williams, Phyllis Somerville and Vincent Pastore, as well as the other cast members.

A glimpse at a key scene from the film.
Sarah Wilson (L) and Tara Westwood (R) from a key scene in “Surviving Family”.

This story gave me laughs and near-tears as it tugged at my heartstrings. A beautiful tale that is one not to be missed. This has all of the makings of a classic film with morals and meaning and will be long forged into my memory.

Kale Slade

Kale Slade has written for Movie Vine and Entertainment Vine for four years. Striving to do what he can to aid filmmakers in promoting and crafting their projects, he enjoys lending a hand when he can. He also enjoys horseback riding, photography, writing poetry and novels and spending time in nature, experiencing the beauties of life.

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