The Glass Castle
Directed by Destin Cretton
HOME, 12 October 2017
This is a gritty, searing, wounding memoir centring on the relationship between a daughter and her father.
The father is not an entirely likeable person: he is an alcoholic, possessive of his family, often angry, altogether difficult. Yet he is admirable in many ways.
His daughter’s feelings change as she grows up around him, from worship to disenchantment, from confusion to compassion, settling eventually on an ambivalent love and an acceptance that this man, for all his faults, has formed her, made her the woman she now is. It is a film that could very easily have turned soppy, and that it is so honest and moving is due to the director and cast and the source memoir, a book in the Nick Flynn class.