My Own Man | 2014

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David the filmmaker is 40 years old, but he still doesn't feel like a man - not a real man anyway. He feels stuck in a life he isn't proud of, and he begins to suspect that if he's going to get anywhere, he has to man ...more

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David the filmmaker is 40 years old, but he still doesn't feel like a man - not a real man anyway. He feels stuck in a life he isn't proud of, and he begins to suspect that if he's going to get anywhere, he has to man up - discover a manlier part of himself that would allow him to stand up for himself and go after what he wants in life. And then, David meets Rachel. Eventually Rachel becomes pregnant. With a boy. David's manhood insecurities deepen. How can he bring his son into manhood if he feels so estranged from his own? So David tries a range of manly (and not so manly) pursuits. He joins a men's group; he trains himself to hunt. But nothing he does leads him any closer to the manliness he aspires to. As David prepares to become a father, he begins to see how his relationship to his own father has shaped his ideas about what it means to be a man. He sees that in trying not to be his dad, he shut himself off from masculinity altogether. And so David's manhood quest evolves into a journey of reconciling with his father, so he can love his own father, his son, and ultimately himself.

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