Group

2002 | Body Image / Health/Medicine / Mental Health / Parenting/Family / Sexuality / Women's Studies | 106m | USA
Directors: Marilyn Freeman, Anne de Marcken

Featuring Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame, Group blurs the lines between fact and fiction in this portrayal of nine women who meet every Wednesday afternoon for 21 weeks of group therapy.

In this entirely original 2002 probe into the American psyche, six unhidden and unexplained cameras capture a fast and funny, deep and bumpy ride into consciousness as these dauntless women simply try to find a little more happiness.

At the center challenging them all is Pipi, an overweight one-legged punk walled up inside her own contradictions. Orbiting closely are Clansey, the Christian confounded by her own condemning judgments, and Grace, the hypochondriac desperate to stay above the emotional fray.

In this microcosm of life wrought with prejudice, pettiness, and trauma, it's compassion that transcends all else with a level of reality rarely seen in fiction. Six simultaneous camera perspectives expand the story on screen with multiple frames and layered narratives. Unforgettably funny at times and riveting to the final moment, Group delivers a fresh, powerful view of cinema and humanity.

Featuring music by Sleater-Kinney, The Need, The Gossip, Mirah, and more!

Reviews and Awards

“Brave, staggeringly natural and unrehearsed performances … provide the film an unnerving veracity … Recommended.”:—Video Librarian

“Mastering its formidable arithmetic of cameras and souls, Group articulates a flood of emotions.”—Ed Park, Village Voice

“Freeman's direction is so deft and the performances so natural that her remarkable experiment ends up feeling more realistic than most documentaries.”—Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Are you ready for ‘Freud meets The Real World?’”—Bay Area Reporter