Tracey and Taylor are yelling at each other in the kitchen. Doors slam, tears flow. The scene is familiar to anyone who has ever been a teenager, or raised one. But not every mother is a Hollywood scriptwriter with a film crew in tow capturing everything. This revealing, fly-on-the-wall portrait of a daughter and mother unflinchingly focuses on the uncomfortable truths that both must address if they have any hope of a better future. Fascinating and timely.
"Taylor, you're spoilt." "You brought me up this way,"
Taylor retorts. "Well, now I'm undoing it."
Taylor Templeton is a "lucky duck"
. She's grown up on New York's privileged Upper East Side, a district with over 7000 shrinks and where your average teenage girl will spend $1000 a week on food that she will merely pick at.
Taylor's filmmaker mother, Tracey Jackson, sets herself the challenge of exploring the current "epidemic"
of depressed, dysfunctional kids and the psychology behind the parental overindulgence that has "created"
it. In the process, Jackson hopes to cure her daughter's attitude problem and eating disorder, and, ultimately, "fix"
their troubled relationship.
The frenetic New York scene moves to the back streets of Delhi, as Tracey forces Taylor to abandon her BlackBerry and credit cards and teach English to slum children, in the hope that she'll grow spiritually. Meanwhile, Tracey stays in a 5-star hotel down the road, in constant phone contact.
Lucky Ducks is an intimate double portrait of a daughter and her mother, which unflinchingly focuses on the uncomfortable issues that both must address if they have any hope of a better future together. Fascinating and timely.
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Nominated for Best Documentary, MIAAC Film Festival, 2010