Nine Good Teeth

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Nine Good Teeth Review


No offense to the subject of this documentary, Mary Mirabito, but if I want to hear old people bitching, moaning, and complaining, I don't need to turn on the TV at all.

Director Alex Halpern turns his camera on his ancient grandmother "Nana" (she's 96 at the beginning of the film and pushes well into her 100s by the end) in the hopes that she'll dispense wisdom for the ages. In 80 minutes, we don't get much, just a collection of memories about her kids and various historical events. Thankfully, Nana is still spry and quick of wit and occasionally she divulges a bit about her thoughts on life and death. She also knows when she's being played, and she cracks wise on occasion. But these moments are mere interruptions to the film as a whole, a rambling and scattered collection of scenes and archival footage about the minutiae of Nana's life.

Long segments of the film detour into the memories of Nana's daughter/Alex's mother, an infuriatingly grating screen presence, as she remembers her love life and a dalliance with Jack Kerouac. Where's all this going and what are we supposed to learn along the way? Don't know. Nana's secrets remain hidden away.



Nine Good Teeth

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Run time: 75 mins

In Theaters: Friday 10th January 2003

Distributed by: New Video

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Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

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