lyrabjade (lyrabjadesss) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Why You Should Watch The Lion’s Mouth Opens (Without Knowing How It Ends)

-documentary short from filmmaker Lucy Walker, two-time Oscar nominee and director
title pulled from a Bob Dylan song
-centers on filmmaker and actress Marianna Palka as she prepares herself to get life-changing news.
-The Lion’s Mouth Opens chronicles Palka during the course of about a day – a dinner in the evening opens it, then it moves to the next day – as she prepares to find out if she has the genetic markers that indicate that she will get Huntington’s disease, a vicious neurodegenerative disease passed down from parents, one that is terrifyingly described as a cross between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (it takes your mind and your body). Palka knows a thing or two about Huntington’s, because her father has it. And her grandmother had it. And she already knows that her cousin and her sister will get it, too. That’s the thing about Huntington’s (and, man, are there some things about Huntington’s), it’s passed down between families, and if one of your parents has it, you have a 50/50 chance of getting it. If you have the genetic marker that says you possess the gene, you will get it. There’s no question of that.

Good Dick is on of my favorite movies & I love her & the Bryce Dallas Howard (her close friend & in the film) post made me think to post this to see if anyone else watched it (available on HBOGo). If so, thoughts?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use the spoilers cut html when commenting for those that haven't watched it & want to.


Edit: Trailer added
Tags: film - documentary, film director, spoilers, television - hbo

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