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February 6, 2018 7:54 AM   Subscribe

"It's not a film you can really say you like." In this award-winning Irish short based on a short story by Nollaig Rowan, a new mother struggles with "the initial excitement and subsequent grief that sometimes accompanies giving birth to a child with disabilities." CW, premature birth, difficult emotions. posted by Miko (5 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

There was a brief time, before our premature daughter died, when something like the situation portrayed here looked like it might be in our future. I had a brief glimpse over the fence into that world, but I couldn't really understand what I saw there. That world will always be what my life would have been like if the coin had landed heads instead of tails, that day.

Later, I had a coworker with a severely disabled daughter. That gave me a few more glimpses, but I know full well I don't really know what it's like.

Powerful art like this helps us understand each other.
posted by gurple at 11:49 AM on February 6, 2018 [6 favorites]

Jeez... :(
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 2:52 PM on February 6, 2018

i don't know - it's not that dark in this world - and it's not a fence, it's more like a gradient

some of us come to this world suddenly - some of us, like me, in gradual realization

i have very mixed feelings about that movie - having a lifelong disabled child is hard and heartbreaking - but things can be good, too - you can adjust and accept even if you can't solve it - or know for sure if your child will have a good life when you're no longer able to take care of them

i don't have answers for this movie - but i'm too busy finding some answers for my daughter
posted by pyramid termite at 5:15 PM on February 6, 2018 [5 favorites]

Thank you for posting. That was tough to watch. I wish so much for parents of children with disabilities to get all the support they need, emotionally and practically. Is the story it was based on available anywhere?
posted by fussbudget at 7:27 PM on February 6, 2018

I was unable to find it online - or even a good write up on the author.
posted by Miko at 7:48 PM on February 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

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