Nine Good Teeth
Most families have secrets, mysteries and mythologies shared behind closed doors and passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps what is most remarkable about this documentary feature is director Alex Halpernís insistence on ferreting out the most painful aspects of his family mythology in an irreverent, uncompromising fashion. The film unfolds through the stories of Alex’s 104-year-old Brooklyn-born, Italian-American grandmother, Mary Mirabito (‘Nana’). In an intimate and often hilarious portrait, the fiercely independent and outspoken Mary dispenses homespun wisdom in a series of unflinching conversations with her persistent and equally outspoken grandson.