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Facing the Truth

Beautifully shot in black-and-white 'Scope, this haunting memory play by Danish writer-director Nils Malmros re-creates the life and crimes of his father, Richard Malmros, an eminent neurosurgeon disgraced late in life for having administered a known carcinogen to patients during the 1940s. The filmmaker's personal agenda couldn't be clearer as he maps out the extenuating circumstances that guided his father's actions (he used the drug, a coloring agent used to facilitate brain X-rays, only to treat life-threatening illnesses). But this 2002 feature is compelling for its clear-eyed portrait of the doctor, afflicted in childhood by poverty, in adulthood by hubris, and in old age by the consequences of his earlier decisions. In Danish with subtitles. 98 min.

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