Imaginal Disc

science through film

ThE Fly Room

Feature Narrative
81 minutes
2014
USA
theflyroom.com

Ten ­year old Betsey is initially reluctant to enter her father’s fly world as he deciphers the fundamental laws of genetics. But during her first visit to the lab, she is soon perplexed and fascinated by how her father blurs the line between genetic research and life. In the heat of his excitement, Calvin crosses the line leaving young Betsey traumatized by the time spent with him. Glimpses of Betsey at twenty­one, mourning her father’s death, and in old age reveal how this complex relationship, both nourishing and damaging, informs her transition to adult life.