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A House Made of Splinters(Будинок зі скалок)

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Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden · 2023
1h 27m
Director Simon Lereng Wilmont
Genre Documentary

This documentary explores the daily routines of young children left in a shelter in Ukraine. As their absent parents face a range of issues - alcoholism, war, and abuse - the caregivers in the shelter step up with affection and love. A compassionate portrait of hope and the joys and despairs of searching for a new home.

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The Film Stage by Brianna Zigler

Since the quality of documentaries tends to hinge on how compelling its subject matter is, A House Made of Splinters is further complicated by the fact that Wilmont’s filmmaking is largely perfunctory. Thus its draw leans almost entirely on the children and their tattered lives. In this way it does feel a touch exploitative, even if the goal is to shine light on an overlooked, ongoing tragedy.


The Hollywood Reporter by Dan Fienberg

I found A House Made of Splinters to be more heartbreaking than hopeful, but I admired the moments of beauty that Wilmont delivers in a film that isn’t quite consistent enough in its storytelling approach.


Variety by Guy Lodge

This is a predominantly observational affair, marked by unusual tenderness and human interest, shot with a camera that feels all but invisible to its subjects — belying the director’s delicate, precise approach to light and framing.

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