‘Eat Your Catfish’ Review: A Family Is Divided by Als in an Uncompromising, Emotionally Raw Documentary

‘Eat Your Catfish’ Review: A Family Is Divided by Als in an Uncompromising, Emotionally Raw Documentary
A close-quarters study of the daily trials of living with Als or Lou Gehrig’s Disease — co-directed by the patient’s son with equal parts adoration and despairing frustration — “Eat Your Catfish” is a documentary every bit as tough-minded as its title is unexpectedly playful. That, as it turns out, is not a disconnect when it comes to Kathryn Arjomand, a New York mother of two who has been living with the neurodegenerative condition for years, and handles it with a blend of frank anger, exhausted acceptance and offbeat humor. Citing as inspiration the “wild overacting” of Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” — where the line “eat your catfish” does indeed appear — Kathryn resolves to live as “a more dramatic version of myself.” Not everyone, least of all her negligent husband Saeed, is on the same wavelength.

That Julia Roberts allusion is the closest this determinedly minimalist film gets to any kind of gloss,
See full article at Variety »

Similar News


Recently Viewed