Saturday, May 12, 2007

Home is where you hang your junk

My Mother’s Garden explores one woman’s extreme attachment to material objects and her emotional struggle to let go of them. The film documents a family’s journey as Cynthia Lester and her three brothers come together to help their mother, Eugenia Lester, with her acute case of Compulsive Hoarding Disorder, a disorder that affects over one million people in this country alone. When her disorder reaches a crisis point the family is forced to intervene and clean the house, despite her resistance.

Google Video has an eight-minute high-res trailer. The official website is here. (via Boing Boing)

A previous Info Nation post from March 2005 talks about the Collyer brothers, one of the more famous cases of this disorder, as well as another documentary called Packrat. Alas, neither Packrat nor My Mother's Garden seem to be available through Netflix.

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