What is it about parent-child relationships that makes them so complex to put onscreen?

– Xochielt Sanchez

Answer by David Dobkin:

I think they’re really sensitive for people. We all have them, obviously. We all came from somewhere. But, finding a new way to tell those stories is really essential. Parent-child relationships are stories that have been told from the beginning of time. The Bible is a father-son story. So is many of Shakespeare's greatest works – HAMLET (though the father has already died) and so on. Even Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men” – though they’re not literally father and son, George and Lennie are in a father and son relationship.
 
One of the most relevant and important stories that we pass down from generation to generation revolves around the family in this way. So putting it on screen is always about how to do it for your generation, how to tell that story in a new way. “Kramer vs. Kramer” had their moment. “Ordinary People" had their moment. The parent-child dynamic can not be surpassed in any storytelling, even when the story is not about that.

What is it about parent-child relationships that makes them so complex to put onscreen?

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