LITTLE MAN (Nicole Conn, U.S.). 107 minutes. Sunday (May 21), noon. ROM. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
A relationship goes through hell in Little Man , an absorbing and sometimes shockingly honest doc about two women facing terrible choices when they discover their soon-to-be-born child will have serious special needs.
The two - filmmaker Nicole Conn (Claire Of The Moon) and Gwen Baba - have engaged a surrogate for the birth of their second child. In fact, the film was intended to be about surrogacy but wound up tracking what happens when an unexpected life event brings to the surface deep differences between lovers.
Little Man also addresses the ethics of reproductive choice and the expensive medical technologies that come into play when Nicholas is born 100 days early.
Strangely, the cinematography is wildly inconsistent. The sections filmed early in the pregnancy have a home-movie feel, but the sequences in the neonatal unit are superbly shot.