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A Lion In The House Review

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Having been through the horror of a child contracting cancer themselves a couple capture the real-life experiences of five families over six years, living through the same nightmare.

★★★★★

This is agony — whether it’s focusing on the battles of five delightful kids to beat cancer or the confusion and courage of their families or the compassion of the staff at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. But while it recounts some undeniably moving stories, this documentary is over-reliant on the human-interest angle and misses a socio-medical aspect that would put these harrowing case histories into a wider context.

Having endured the nightmare with their own daughter, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert capture six years of emotional shifts with laudable sensitivity. Yet there are moments when the unflinching camera feels intrusive and the mood occasionally switches uncomfortably from detachment to reality-soap manipulation

A critic-proof documentary whose emotive content makes critical analysis of its technique almost redundant.