By Jim Batts
… Now comes another feature doc about family, no make that families. … It profiles families in which the offspring differed greatly from their parents. Or as they saying goes, they “sprang” Far from the Tree.
… Director Rachel Dretzin deftly tells these family tales with an unobtrusive hand, letting the principals relate their history without jarring, flashy camera or optical techniques and an off camera narrator to prod their responses. There’s no re-enactments, no title cards (other than first names) or animation, just interviews and candid footage (new and home videos), aside from the occasional archival TV news footage … Solomon’s story pops in and out, between segments, and often, sometimes bridging the other tales, but usually compelling on its own … FAR FROM THE TREE [is] another of the year’s best feature documentaries.
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