You gotta see this: Murphy’s Law (Megan Murphy, 2016)

“One finds it difficult to decide whether to feel omnipotent or insignificant.” ~ Marty Murphy

After winning the Best Documentary Award at Ireland’s Fingal Film Festival and sold out screenings just outside of Toronto, local Ontario filmmaker Megan Murphy brings her poignant, uplifting, and deeply personal documentary Murphy’s Law to Toronto.

If you’ve ever felt lost, there is no better way to find the answer than by “living the question”. Just as Megan Murphy’s father, Marty Murphy, said. And just as Megan does throughout Murphy’s Law. When faced with loss, she lives the question. I was transfixed as she brought me along on her journey.

The Murphys are a tight-knit clan. Through the beautiful, grainy lens of family videos, Megan Murphy welcomes us into her family circle. She allows us to feel the warmth and love in abundance. Indeed, she makes us feel a part of the family.

After losing her beloved and devoted parents (who you can instantly tell have left indelible marks upon their community), and ending an engagement with a long-term love, Megan finds herself lost.

But those who are not with us, never truly leave us. And when we listen, they guide us.

Megan happens upon her father’s photos and journal from a life-changing trip that he took as a young man, cycling through Ireland on his Peugeot and channeling his thoughts, fears, and dreams into poetry. Through his words, we learn that he too had faced a time in his life where he felt consumed by questions.

Armed with her father’s journal and his Peugeot, Megan ventures forth on her own re-creation of her father’s Irish journey. Faced with highs and lows both physical and emotional, Megan does exactly as her father said. She “lives the question”.

Exploring one’s legacy, heritage, and family endlessly fascinates me. Megan not only crafts a precisely made and well-paced documentary, she does so while reaching out and pulling you into this exploration with her.

Between the beauty of the Emerald Isle, embarking on the spiritual and emotional journey with Megan (who you’ll want to be your best friend), and witnessing the kindness of her sisters, friends, and the strangers she encounters, I found myself tearing up, laughing out loud – some times both; always riveted.

Megan, like her father, is a poet. Her father’s thoughtful, bright, and spirited voice shines through – as does her own. Murphy’s Law is an inspiring documentary. We’re fortunate to be able to share in the journey.

Catch the award-winning documentary in Toronto on June 4th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers cinema at 3:30 P.M. :

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