Phyllis and Harold is an astoundingly frank journey through a disastrous 59 year old marriage. Drawing on a lifetime of her family’s home movies and interviews made over 12 years, filmmaker Cindy Kleine mixes reportage, cinema verite and animation to uncover family secrets and tell a story that could not be shown publicly as long as her father was alive. Phyllis and Harold delves into the mystery of time passing, the nature of living a life, and the challenges of losing those we love. But it is also a loving, funny expose on the sins of suburbia. Imagine Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage seen the prism of I Love Lucy.
- Cindy Kleine
- Phyllis Kleine, Harold Kleine, Erica Kleine, Annie McCarter, Charles McCarter, Beatrice McCarter, Mary Long
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
An impossibly self-involved portrait of a union far more commonplace than its offspring seem to believe.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 06.24.2010
Evocatively fleshed out with surprisingly iconic homemovies, passionate love letters and well-chosen pop tunes, Kleine's homegrown Jewish Madame Bovary escapes the navel-gazing boundaries of the personal-diary docuRonnie Scheib, Variety, 07.07.2010
Phyllis and Harold has extraordinary breadth and depth and has been made with wit, compassion and imagination, and it reflects the complexity of life itself.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 06.24.2010
It's a fascinating plea, on Kleine's part, to make sense of the many cul-de-sacs and hidden passageways in her mother's life. She doesn't succeed, but you have the distinct feeling that she couldn't have.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 07.22.2010