POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ (MIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

“My mother was a punk rock icon”, filmmaker Celeste Bell says as the film begins. “People often ask me if she was a good mum. It’s hard to know what to say.” Beginning at the end of her mother’s life with Marianne’s funeral, Bell continues to explain how “surreal” the event was, surrounded by people who were mourning an image, while she was suffering the loss of her mother, with whom we discover as the film continues, she had a tumultuous yet ultimately warm and close relationship.

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