Documentaries can be about a variety of subjects. Some contain humour, others have a statement, a message to get across. Yet there are those that perhaps the message that’s taken away is individual to the viewer. Where the subject matter is so personal, the story you are seeing unfold in front of your eyes so moving, that it can only mean different things to different people. That’s how it is with The Closer We Get.
Director Karen Guthrie takes us on a deeply personal journey into her families world after her mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke, forcing Karen to come back home when she least expects it. Also thrown into this world is Ian, Karen’s quiet father who has been separated from Ann for years, living in Djibouti for a lot of the time no less.
You see Ian, upon taking a job in Djibouti, also happened to meet someone new out there, and have a child with that woman. This wasn’t disclosed until some years later when he elects to bring the boy back to the family home in Scotland and no-one really questions it.
Karen takes the chance to document this unique and moving story, so much more than how a family deals with a stroke. It is how do they confront this unspoken situation with Ian, how are the rest of the family dealing with what’s happening, including her brother Mark, the former bass guitarist of The Supernaturals, and her sister.