Little Man

Director: Nicole Conn

U.S.A.| 2004. Colour. Digital video. 112 min.

Nicole Conn, best known as director of Claire of the Moon (1992), documents her family’s heartbreaking struggle with the premature birth of their surrogate baby, Nicholas, her ‘little man’. Conn’s fierce desire to keep this tiny, suffering baby alive brought her into conflict with everyone around her. Little Man unflinchingly documents a family under severe stress, and takes the viewer into a world rarely seen: the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit). Extensive interviews with doctors, nurses, friends and especially Gwen are full of pain and awe. Yet the star of the show is Nicolas, who doesn’t even look human upon his arrival, but whose slow progress and bright expression are riveting. We are with him every inch of the way.

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