Charm Circle
  • Country/Area of ProductionUSA
  • Language of DialogueEnglish
  • Runtime79min
  • DirectorNira Burstein
  • Type of WorkFeature-Length Documentary
  • ProducerNira Burstein, Betsy Laikin

Oscillating between present day and decades-old home videos, filmmaker Nira

Burstein returns to her childhood home—now crumbling from the inside out—to

explore the circumstances in which her parents live. Prolific musical expression and

creative resourcefulness punctuate an otherwise tumultuous environment. With

the announcement of her younger sister's polyamorous wedding, refueling tensions

threaten to sever what's left of the family bond. Burstein's brave, wryly amusing first

feature is a tender, unpredictable portrait of a family struggling against an array of

issues with honesty and a steely sense of humor. Going beneath the surface of the

social struggles of its subjects, the film reveals people as more than the problems

they experience and the labels applied to them.