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Item Number:
60 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
Adrift is a lyrical first-person account of loss in an Irish-American family.

When the four Curran children lost their father, twelve-year-old Tom did not cry. Instead he made a secret vow to someday become an athlete in the "big leagues" for his Dad. Despite his efforts, Curran's professional career never materialized. At 37, cameraman and first-time director Tom Curran revisits his family's past in Alaska and Cape Cod to trace his struggle to meet his late father's expectations.

With candor, humor, and sadness, his sister Maeve, a champion bodybuilder, and two younger brothers Des and Gav, commercial fishermen, contribute to a portrait of a fanatic sports parent and a family still adrift after losing its dynamic and complex anchor. Curran questions his blind drive for success after a demanding shoot in Belize. In the end, he finally grieves for his father and begins imagining a life of his own design.

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