Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 39m
Orlando von Einsiedel, director of the Oscar-winning White Helmets, turns the lens on his own family in this powerful documentary about coping with bereavement.
Eleven years ago, Orlando’s younger brother, Evelyn, took his own life after battling schizophrenia and depression. Despite making a career of facing down poachers and insurgents, Orlando cannot bring himself, a decade on, to discuss what happened, committing instead to a conspiracy of silence that has fractured his family and ended his parents’ marriage. Hoping to overcome his fears, he convinces his family and two of Evelyn’s closest friends to join him on a trek from one end of the UK to the other. What follows is a moving but often painful meditation on loss, as he documents their attempts to revive Evelyn’s memory, tackle their grief and re-establish their bonds with each other.
While von Einsiedel’s project is shot through with sadness, his most personal documentary is ultimately a tale of hope and - as the dramatic images of the countryside suggest - triumph. Perhaps more importantly, von Einsiedel combats the stigma around suicide, which, even today, remains the leading cause of death for young men in this country.
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