Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors
CPH:DOX, Docudays, Giffoni
A thoughtful portrait of parents who have inadvertently caused their own children’s deaths.
Parents are genetically hardwired to care for their offspring, making child abuse, filicide, or neglect so incomprehensible to many, despite their unfortunate frequency. Having become parents themselves, the Barkfors explore a parental nightmare that is surprisingly commonplace but subject to social stigma and harsh judgement: causing the death of a child by heatstroke after forgetting it in one’s car. Through the stories of several individuals who experienced this tragic, inadvertent memory lapse, the film seeks to make sense of the senseless and challenge society’s quickness to condemn them as monsters or bad parents. The Barkfors approach a difficult topic, which is typically sensationalized, with sensitivity and compassion.