"a cathartic exploration of love and loss"
"Documentaries hold a mirror to our own lives, whether they tackle large scale issues like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 or personal stories such as Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. In The Closer We Get, artist Karen Guthrie has crafted an extremely intimate portrayal of her family that delves deep into her own personal issues while exploring a huge range of universal themes, including deception, family relations, unconditional love and the nature of documentary filmmaking itself."
"Through the course of the film she will find herself travelling to a foreign country but the larger journey - and the one she bravely shares with the camera and us - is the internal psychological terrain she is negotiating, considering where she has come from and where she wants to go. The success of the film is that she takes us with her on both journeys that are at once intensely personal yet filled with ideas and problems that are universal"
"The camerawork and use of yellowing, archive footage make this family tale a gorgeous one to witness. Her words and captured moments so profoundly emotional you feel as though you’ve known them for years. Almost effortlessly, Karen Guthrie has painted a family portrait with such deft intimacy that its impossible to focus your vision elsewhere."