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Slow Reveal

Slow Reveal

Set in 1990s New York, Slow Reveal paints an extraordinary portrait of artists who defy the arbiters of culture and challenge social norms. Art, addiction and family dynamics capsize the Kanes when they discover the parallel life of Katharine, film editor, mother, lover and wife.

"A poem is never finished, only abandoned," wrote Paul Valéry, an outcome echoed in her decade-long affair with Naomi, a lesbian poet. Katharine's marriage to Jonathan collapses in his struggle with sobriety when he's ostracized for politicizing art and abandons his career for advertising. Faced with confrontations from her two grown daughters, an installation artist and an aspiring writer, Katharine hangs onto her former life. When unforeseen tragedy strikes, devotion and commitment are not the guardrails that keep their work or relationships on track but rather a form of entrapment.

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