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In My Parents' Basement

In My Parents’ Basement is an award-winning documentary that explores with sensitivity, humour and depth the stories of three adult children who have returned to their parents’ home to live. As we watch each of the subjects and their families grapple with living together. Future dreams, past failures and the present struggles of daily life are captured in close-up over a nine-month period of time. Through conversations, anecdotes, arguments and unpredictable emotional highs and lows, In My Parents’ Basement sheds light in the parent/(adult) child bond and offers insight into the myriad of issues triggered by an adult family living together, once again. In this darkly humorous hour-long documentary, we meet Bob, an articulate 34 year-old who has lived with his parents for two years and shows no signs of moving out. He struggles with depression, dislikes sunlight, and can’t seem to hold down a job. Nancy, at age 42, is vulnerable: she was kicked out of her boyfriend’s apartment and can’t afford a place of her own. She’s sharing the basement with her grandmother, while trying to get her pet grooming business off the ground. Denise and David are a young married couple. They work full time, but have moved in with Denise’s parents to save money for a house. Living with the in-laws, though, has turned them into permanent infants. In My Parents’ Basement reflects a growing phenomenon in today’s society, and as the documentary unravels, it becomes painfully clear that being a parent or a child is a lifelong calling that requires superhuman patience, compassion, and strength.
'In My Parents’ Basement is brilliant.’ - John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
‘…insightful and compelling…’ - Sandy Naiman, Toronto Sun
‘…a picture of challenging lives, often difficultly lived.’ - Janice Kennedy, The Ottawa Citizen
‘…raw and real…’ - The Catholic Register
‘…the editing is brilliant, the camera work spot-on, and the score is suitably ironic.’- Star Week
‘…it leaves you wanting more.’ - Catherine Dawson, Globe Television
Film Details
Run time58 min.English & French versions
Makin' Movies
Maureen Judge
Maureen Judge
Associate Producer: 
Monica Szenteszky
Miume Jan Eramo
Maureen Judge
Anousheh Showleh
Harald Bachmann
Jason Tan
Additional Camera: 
Naomi Wise
Film Composer: 
Aaron Davis
Commissioning Editor: 
Rudy Buttignol
McNabb & Connolly
Awards and Festivals
2002, Silver Award, Documentary Category, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival (2002)
2010 - Ryerson University Screening of Director's Documentary Trilogy
2002, Worldfest Houston International FIlm Festival
2002, Royal Ontario Museum, TVO season launch of The View From Here
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