Little Man

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CROSS PURPOSES Huffman, left, sets off alarms with traveling companion Zegers.
CROSS PURPOSES Huffman, left, sets off alarms with traveling companion Zegers.

Time Out says

Although the parents in Little Man are lesbians, this documentary has absolutely nothing to do with the specific issues gays face raising children. Instead, it's a devastating examination of what happens to a family when a tragedy puts the members at odds. Gwen Baba and director Nicole Conn (Claire of the Moon) have a seemingly perfect life with their daughter, Gabrielle. But when they decide to have another child with the help of a surrogate, their fairy tale falls apart. After a sonogram indicates that there is something wrong with the fetus, doctors advise that the pregnancy be terminated. Although Gwen wants to follow their wishes, Nicole (who supplied the egg) fights fiercely for her unborn son's life. Gwen reluctantly acquiesces and Nicholas is born prematurely, weighing one pound, with little chance of survival.

The doctors suggest Nicholas's mothers let him go quickly and quietly but Nicole begs them to save him at all costs. Thus begins the up-and-down medical saga that constitutes Nicholas's—and Nicole's—life. While Gwen tries to return to some semblance of normalcy, Nicole practically resides in the neonatal intensive care unit, watching over the baby's every seizure and surgery. In some ways, it's a miracle that Nicholas is alive at all. But as time goes on, Nicole (and probably most audience members) start to question whether medical and technological advances actually do more harm than good. Little Man is a grueling movie to sit through, but it's nothing compared with Nicholas's woes. (Opens Fri; Cinema Village.)
—Raven Snook

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