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Tell Them Who You Are

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Released 2005

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Director:
Mark Wexler
Released:
2005
Rating:
R

Tell Them Who You Are is a 2004 family drama documentary. In it, director Mark Wexler focuses on his complex relationship with his father, 3-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler. With the same directorial skill for which his father is celebrated, the younger Wexler (How to Live Forever, Me and My Matchmaker) paints a painfully truth-ridden picture of the father-son dynamic that is simultaneously tender and confrontational. It's this give and take that gives the film its heart. Of course, Mark is just as proud of his father's accomplishments as he is frustrated by his personality; you can tell this much is true by the venerable star-studded list of guests that he chose to speak on camera about his father. Among them are Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Ron Howard, and Martin Sheen (who himself delivers stirring insight into the nature of father-son relationships). It is as much a standing ovation to his father, as it an opportunity to confront him.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Near the beginning of the movie, the younger Wexler admits that the film is his attempt to get closer to his father. This sense of personal mission helps make Tell Them Who You Are...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A remarkable work -- lively, painful, humorous, deeply revealing of both father and son -- that is worthy of one of Hollywood's finest directors of photography.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A compelling look at the great cinematographer Haskell Wexler by his photojournalist son Mark.

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