- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 4, 2011
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Sony Pictures Home
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You don't have to birth a child to love her."
Rolling Stone - 02/23/1995
"Delicate work is being transacted in this unique and unforgettable documentary..."
New York Times - 01/28/1994
"...Ambitious and emotionally deep....A history of social change..."
USA Today - 02/03/1995
"...[An] exceptional documentary....The film paints a vivid portrait..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Description by OLDIES.com:
A documentary film that examines the bonds between two women and the nannies who raised them. Jyll Johnstone and Barbara Ettinger were childhood friends; now grown up, they focus their attention on the two women who separately raised them, Martha and Ethel. Both women come from very distinct backgrounds which mark them and their charges in very different ways. Newly remastered.
This Sundance Film Festival favorite takes a look at the filmmakers' nannies--both now in their 90's--their backgrounds, and how they affected the lives of the children they cared for. In the process, the film examines the changing roles of parents and the changing structure of the family from the 1950's to the present.
This documentary takes a warm, humorous look at two nannies, now in their eighties, who come from vastly different backgrounds. It recounts the experiences of Martha -- a German nanny who emigrated to America during World War II -- and Ethel, a black woman who comes from rural South Carolina. Each became an integral part of the families for whom they worked, but neither woman had a separate romantic attachment or family life of her own. Included are interviews with the children they raised and archival footage from the 1950s.
Family Interaction |
Social Issues |
- This film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 24, 1994.
- A Canobie Films production.