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First Comes Love

By AMANDA SCHURR
[ONE WEEK ONLY] Nina Davenport's portrait of her journey to single momhood takes self-absorption—and tedium—to a new level. At 41, lamenting her lack of child, and man, the documentary filmmaker asks herself and those around her if she should have a baby on her own. She recruits a sperm donor in her gay friend, and the resulting process unearths deep issues with her taciturn father and deep longing for her recently deceased mother, but also a whole lot of insights from Davenport that are anything but deep: Really, who doesn't have a complicated relationship with their family? In an age when the choice to become a single parent is increasingly prevalent, First Comes Love feels awfully trite, right down to the bummers of dating, sibling rivalries and childbirth. What's more frustrating, though, is Davenport's focus on how she and her BFF can't find husbands—what is this, 1950? With all due respect to Davenport's personal path, it’s a head-scratcher that our often whiny narrator believes her story—at least the way she tells it here—would be of interest to strangers.
 

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  • Genres: Documentary
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Release Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: D+
  • Directed by: Nina Davenport [Director]
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