A Space in Time

A Space in Time
  • 2021
  • 1h 38min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Riccardo Servini, Nick Taussig

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A Space in Time is a candid, lyrical portrait of one family’s struggle to transcend a merciless, fatal childhood disease - Duchenne muscular dystrophy - which in turn becomes an unlikely celebration of the disabled life. The film carries us through the family surviving and thriving through the ups and downs of the disease, as we see Theo and Oskar’s gradual transition from walking to greater wheelchair dependency, both through their eyes and the eyes of their parents Nick and Klara. We also see how the latter learn to cope with the inevitable reality of losing their sons to an illness that currently has no cure. Disability is often poorly portrayed or misrepresented, its depiction seeking to elicit sympathy or pity, which helps neither someone living with disability nor someone living without it. A Space in Time is the story of a family seeking to transcend disability, with the two young boys at the heart of the film, and their parents ultimately left to wonder whether their rare disease and disability – their difference from the rest of us – is not a weakness but instead a superpower. Something extraordinary.

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