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THREE OF HEARTS: A POSTMODERN FAMILY
OFFICIAL SELECTION Toronto Intl Film Fest
Best Documentary Outfest
"An often tender and revealing documentary." -San Francisco Chronicle
"A meaningful exploration of the possibilities and the limits within any relationship." -Los Angeles Times
"13 years into their relationship, one of the three makes a surprising move, and everyone (including the audience) is forced to re-evaluate all that has gone before." -New York Times
"As sadly telling about human nature as anything [Michael] Apted has put to film." -The Onion
"An intriguing visit to a land beyond monogamy" -Chicago Sun-Times
How does one talk about the unusual relationship between Sam, Samantha and Steven? Trinogomous? Marriage-à-trois? Monogamy, but with more than one person? Shot over eight years, Kaplan's examination of this attempt at a domestic ménage à trois proves that making a marriage work between three partners is even harder than one built for two. We enter the story several years after its genesis, learning of its complexities through often-amusing anecdotes, reflections of the trio, and the observations and opinions of families and friends. Hyperactive Sam (whose dad, we learn, was a Mafia hitman) fell in love with Steven when they were both at college. After a couple of failed "auditions", they welcomed Sam's co-worker Samantha as the third party in the relationship, and for a while all was blissful cohabitation. But then the trio tried for a baby, which produces some dramatic changes in the idyllic world they have created. Samantha is not happy as a stay-at-home mom, the men struggle to cope with their expanding business, and all three enter therapy, as these adults continue on their remarkable journey of self-discovery. Without ever judging her subjects, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Susan Kaplan (Small Wonders) delves deep into the psyches of three individuals who are expanding the boundaries of what it means to be a family, all extensively documented, in this fascinating study of sexual politics.