Dear Talula

Dear Talula

Director:  Cast: Lori Benson


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Dear Talula

The intimate, highly personal nonfiction film Dear Talula documents a crisis that arose in director Lori Benson's life, shortly after she gave birth. As a new mother enjoying the vicissitudes of maternity, Benson suddenly received a call from her physician with the diagnosis of stage two breast cancer, that required a critical operation in a little over a week. The film follows Benson as she charts the complex and often confusing emotional landscape that ensues, with all of the requisite decisions, including spur-of-the-moment medical choices and various alternatives in the care of (and concern for) her newborn infant. Along the way, Benson's journey yields a deeper perception of herself, her body, and her roles as a mother and a woman, and brings her face to face with a greater appreciation of life and an immediate awareness of her own human transience. She ultimately devises the idea of capturing the experience, cinematically, as a record for her unborn daughter Talula, believing that in future years, the girl might gain valuable insights from the cinematic document. As loved ones gather around Lori, she opens up to the camera, sharing her most personal thoughts, observations, and conclusions about the struggle. Her words resonate with poignancy and depth but never sacrifice humor and grace.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2008
UPC: 0720229913560
Original Release: 2006
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 0:34:00

Special Features

Breast Cancer Guidebook; ; Director's Notes; Resources

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lori Benson Participant

Technical Credits
Lori Benson Director,Producer
Ali Farka Touré Score Composer
Jessica Hirsch Biales Executive Producer
Anthony Ciaccio Producer
Krishna Das Score Composer
Heidi Ewing Cinematographer
Peter Ginsburg Cinematographer
Blaise Hayward Cinematographer
Ashley Hillis Musical Direction/Supervision
Jessica Hirsch Executive Producer
Mary Lorson Score Composer
Sarah McLachlan Score Composer
Simon Mestel Camera Operator
JSM Music Score Composer
Nancy Novack Editor
Tom Paul Sound Mixer
Pink Martini Score Composer
Tricia Regan Cinematographer
Jenna Rosher Cinematographer
Jamie Saft Score Composer
Donna Santiago Producer
Jonathan Stack Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dear Talula
1. One Week Before Surgery [4:18]
2. Preparing for Surgery [2:47]
3. Heading Home [6:53]
4. Meeting the Oncologist [2:29]
5. Searching for a Healthier Way [2:16]
6. Chemotherapy Begins [1:39]
7. First Visit to the Plastic Surgeon's Office [4:58]
8. Last Chemo [1:39]
9. Panicked Visit with Dr Klein [2:34]
10. End Credits [2:33]

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