The filmmaker’s father chained a row of shopping carts to the front yard fence of the family’s Brooklyn home. He piled stacks of old newspapers in the kitchen until it became impossible to use the sink; when his wife threw them away, he became furious. Hoarding behavior like this can seem amusing – unless you have to live with it every day. This compelling personal documentary takes us inside two families whose lives have been shaped by parents who are ‘packrats,’ and have trouble balancing their love for spouses and children with their obsessive accumulation of ‘things’. It also looks at what we know about the causes of this odd but by no means uncommon phenomenon. Many experts believe that hoarding behavior is related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), though it may also sometimes be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
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