Parents' Guide to

Evelyn

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Grieving family hikes to remember deceased loved one.

Movie NR 2019 100 minutes
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This documentary is a moving tribute to a lost brother. He was a promising, beloved young man heading for medical school when he was taken by schizophrenia and a depression that ultimately led to his death at age 22. What does it mean to deal with loss? Does talking about tragedy lessen the pain, or even turn it into something bearable? Does acknowledging years of silence on the subject bring comfort to a family or just tear at their collective wound? Evelyn can't answer any of these questions, but it deserves credit for asking.

At the end it offers a website, Evelynmovie.com, for those struggling with issues raised in the film. This film is certainly not for everyone. Its final result or lack thereof doesn't even support Orlando's presumption that spending time with family and friends talking about their shared loss might offer some solace, so it's hard to say who would willingly sit through the pain of it if it didn't affect that person directly. It's certainly emotionally affecting. Those who have lost someone to mental illness may find it meaningful.

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