First Comes Love: movie review

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First Comes Love: movie review
First Comes Love

Approaching a hot-button issue from the most suffocatingly narcissistic perspective imaginable, Nina Davenport’s documentary chronicles the plight of the single 40-year-old New York filmmaker determined to have a biological child outside a relationship—a demographic, in other words, of one. The director/subject uses a confessional tone, showing herself nude in the tub and slathering the movie in emotive voiceover. But her self-regard never matures into self-examination, and the only time she steps outside of her own perspective is to moan about how others have it easier. In one scene, a birth coach warns mothers-to-be that when their child is born, “a part of you will die”—the bit that makes people think only of themselves. Based on the evidence here, that part of Davenport is still very much alive.

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So, I've been ill this week and scouring netflix for documentaries. This one didn't come too highly rated by Time Out or Netflix but it did come out highly on several "best documentary" lists. So, hey ho, worth a pop. This tells the tale of Nina, a 41 year old woman who has a baby alone. We see her walk through the IVF, the donor, the pregnancy, a relationship (with a man who isn't the father) and the actual birth. I'm squeamish and I found some parts to be a bit much (but I expect that's the aim). That said, I really did find it quite moving, especially the sections about her family, who are rather split in half about the whole thing. I definitely think this film is one to watch if you have 1 hour 45 to kill.