I Will Follow

(2010)

Genres: Drama

Roger's Office: I Will Follow

Transcript for Roger's Office: I Will Follow

ROGER EBERT:
A wonderful new film named "I Will Follow" tells the story of a woman coming to terms with the death of an aunt she deeply loved. This is Bill Kurtis speaking for Roger Ebert. The movie stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield in a perfectly realized performance as the niece, named Maye, who lived with her aunt the last year of her life.

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ROGER:
As she packs up her aunt's room, she also deals with her memories and loss. Then Fran, the aunt's daughter arrives. She is played by Michole White, and resents how Maye accepted her aunt's decision to die at home and refuse chemotherapy.

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ROGER:
We realize the issues between these two women go back a long way. Fran always believed  her mother loved Maye more than her own daughter.

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ROGER:
In flashbacks, we see Maye's memories of the departed aunt, played by Beverly Todd. Amanda was a musician for recording sessions--a rock and roll guitarist--who lived life on her own exuberant terms.

Outro:

ROGER:
As friends, strangers and neighbors pass through the house all day, Sally Richardson-Whitfield shows this woman in a beautifully modulated process of loss and grief, memory and acceptance. "I Will Follow" is one of the best films I've seen about coming to terms with the death of loved one. Directed  by Ava DuVernay, it  isn't sentimental, it isn't superficial. It is very deeply true.