306 Hollywood

306 Hollywood

  • USA
  • 94
  • PG
  • Elan Bogarín
  • Jonathan Bogarín

For over 60 years, Annette Ontell lived in an average house on an average New Jersey street: 306 Hollywood to be exact. When she died in 2011, her two grandchildren—artists and filmmakers Elan and Jonathan Bogarín—faced their grief and the house’s toppling contents. Sorting through yellowed tax returns and fantastic taffeta dresses, they realize these items are more than just stuff; they’re portals into the very soul of a woman they loved. Treating the place like an ancient ruin, they study each item as if it were a precious relic. From reassembling her belongings in colour-coded tableaux to cataloguing every old toothbrush and Band-Aid, they call on archaeologists, physicists and even a fashion conservator to examine, deduce and reconnect with how their grandmother lived and who she really was. Bringing a Wes Anderson–like whimsy to a CSI-scale investigation, the siblings render a magical recreation of an adored woman. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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