“In “Nobody’s Business,” Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“I know of no one working in personal films today who can do so well what Alan Berliner does: bring dramatically alive the intense agony and ambivalence and love within families. His dazzling
technical mastery of the relation between sound and image is always kept in the service of deep psychological truths.”
“A storyteller of profound scope, and an editor of eye-popping skill, Berliner ultimately coaxes a hugely entertaining story out of his relatives – an Albert Brooks comedy with the gravity of a personal history.
MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAPER
“…a compassionate involvement, cool/detached intellect when necessary, thematic consistency that mirrors the universal in the personal, and a conscious generosity towards the audience evidenced by pacing that never lags and a virtual inability to bore the viewer. A Berliner hour is like a New York minute – a lot happens in a short amount of time, and it’s over before you know it.”
CHICAGO JEWISH STAR
“a phenomenally multifaceted examination – of family, of genealogy, of ethnicity, and, most especially, of a difficult but dogged father-son bond.”
Nobody’s Business is a gift to the whole human family – hilarious, tender, provocative, witty, touching, instructive, and, as with all works of art, exhilarating.”
THE JEWISH WEEK
Blending playful cinematic techniques with a serious curiosity about the ties that bind family members, Berliner has created a completely personal work that manages powerful feelings without a drop of false sentiment.
THE JERUSALEM POST
“a film about family, identity, love, disappointment, and
belonging, told with wit, compassion and insight."
THE INDEPENDENT (UK)
“Brilliantly funny and piercingly real.”
“Made with verve and real filmmaking skill, the visual componentis as lively and thought-provoking as the saucy conversations, combining interviews with archival footage and found scraps of nonsense that all fit together perfectly. This small masterpiece is oneof the most honest and revealing profiles of a family ever put on film.”
J SELECT/JAPAN’S PREMIER INFOZINE
“Berliner brings to all of his work… an intense attention to detail – visual and aural – that has earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished documentary filmmakers in the US.”