I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die – Hot Docs 2020

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A mother of two shares a house with ten others in I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die. Betty Boykin is a young mother of two living below the poverty line in suburban Colorado Springs. Betty shares a house with ten other people, including Betty’s young daughter Jade and her mother Wilma. Despite their hard lives, all Betty wants is for her kids to grow up to be good people.

I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is an observational documentary from first-time Danish filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro, which looks at a slice of life of Betty Boykin and her family, who live together in a single household in Colorado Springs. Coming across like home movie footage, with the occasional psychedelic techno flourish, we get to see both the good and bad moments as Betty hopes for the best for her kids.

I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is a documentary that is being sold as a film that comparable to the work of Harmony Korine and Larry Clark. Indeed, this would include stylistic flourishes, such as rainbow filters, a techno score, and the use of jump cuts, and the generally unflattering depiction of an impoverished family, which includes much casual drug use and a scene of a baby being rinsed under a sink. While the film does get points for its unconventional presentation, I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is definitely not a documentary for everyone.

I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is streaming until June 24, 2020, as part of the online 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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