Sunday, April 30, 2023

Cynara (2023) Hot Docs 2023

CYNARA is a hell of a film. The film is the story of Cindy Ali who called the police after her house after a home invasion.  She was knocked unconscious and her daughter Cynara who had cerebral palsy died. The paramedic who arrived on scene wasn’t comfortable with what he saw and Cindy ended up convicted of killing her daughter, however it became clear that it wasn’t as clear  as the police were making it out to be and that that some of the testimony was dead wrong. 

You will not be able to look away from CRYNARA once it gets going because you will have to see how it all comes out. What happens is not what you think and by the time you get to the end of the film you will still have a ton of questions. As this film makes clear life is not neat and easily slotted.

Told with a mix of interviews and recreations the film truly puts us into the middle of the case. Told as the case is heading toward an appeal for a new trial, director lays it all out for us. It’s clear that things are not as cut and dried as the police make out (I mean the paramedic instead there was snow on the walk way when photos show there was none) …and most amazingly the film, rightly, leaves questions as to Cindy‘s story.  Weeks on from seeing the film and I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened.

This is wonderful puzzle box of a film and you need to see it.

One of the must sees of Hot Docs it is highly recommended.

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