October 14, 2014

this was posted on the blog "Creating life with words: Inspiration, love and truth" by Kate Swaffer, Kate  is committed to meaningful dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders about the critical issues impacting a person living with a diagnosis of dementia and their loved ones. 

Movie review: The Intouchables

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The Intouchables
The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy, and is a deeply moving movie, filled with many tender but also humourous moments. It is truly one of the most unique and beautiful friendships I have seen in a movie, ensuring I laughed out loud many times, as well as bringing me to tears. It felt like watching two broken souls, brought together and healed with humanity, friendship and love.
From the perspective of someone who has been a family carer, seen family members in residential care, as well as living with dementia, it could teach support workers and personal carers more than most training videos I have ever seen about person centred care. I highly recommend it, and found it inspiring, rather taunting and very beautiful.
The following is an online review which says it better than I could: “Hollywood does scale like nobody else, leaving the competition gasping in its wake. France does intimacy, and brutality. Nothing is sacred. And rather than try to revive the New Wave or emulate Hollywood like most widely seen French films of late, “Intouchables” harnesses its core strengths – ease with intimacy, willingness to ridicule anything and brutal honesty – and delivers one of the funniest, most honest and touching films I have ever seen.
Sy is a failed robber, going through the motions and playing the stereotypical jobless émigré. Cluzet is a romantic and melancholy mind trapped in a useless body. The circumstances that bring them together are too funny to spoil here, but meet they do, and an awkward relationship quickly blossoms as they bring out the best in each other.
The film’s simplicity is delightfully misleading: the script is a masterpiece of comedy writing, and however good the rest of the cast is, the central duo is magical. Sy’s comic timing will have you in stitches, but it is his honesty and vulnerability that make you fall in love with the character. Cluzet isn’t your typical sad-sack, instead, much of the finest pleasures in the film consist in watching him use his keen mind to mess with the world around him (a subplot about an abstract painting really takes the biscuit, you’ll know it when you see it).
This is one of the most unique, beautiful and honest friendships ever committed to film. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry… a delightful celebration of everything in life that makes it worthwhile.Like one of the online reviewers, also a film maker, I gave it 10/10.
Winner of 7 International Awards. See the trailer here http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/movie/intouchables

‘Still Mine’ a gentle film about love, ageing and dementia


“She has her good days and her bad days, that’s all,” Craig Morrison, who is in his late 80s, testily tells his son. It’s an intensely self-sufficient man’s warning to back off, a we-don’t-need-anyone’s-help declaration that will sound familiar to many readers here.

The story it tells actually happened just a few years ago: Craig Morrison, a lumberman and farmer, wanted to build a small house on his land overlooking the Bay of Fundy, and because he built it himself the way his father had taught him – without much concern for the niceties of building codes and inspections – provincial officials ordered him to stop and eventually hauled him into court. (Here’s a Toronto Globe and Mail column from 2010, adding some details.)

On this scaffolding, writer and director Michael McGowan builds an aching love story. Craig and Irene are fairly clear-eyed about having been fortunate into their late 80s, but as he tells her after she takes a nasty fall and lands in the hospital, “I’m worried that our luck is beginning to run out.”

And it is. Nobody could live a healthier, more active life, but not even this rural couple, surrounded by family and friends, can stave off aging forever.
James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold play the Morrisons with lovely understatement. Bonus points to Mr. McGowan, too, for a screenplay recognizing that octogenarians can still feel lust – and act on it.

 “Still Mine” is clear-eyed about this phase, not nearly as brutal as the masterful “Amour.

This film  is gentle, “Age is just an abstraction, not a straitjacket,” the film’s Irene says with some bravado. The real-life Irene Morrison survives, but Craig died in February at 93. His family requested memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Society.

100 questions 100 answers 6 perspectives :A compilation of honest answers about Dementia from medical doctors, professional care partners, family of loved ones and the one who lives it.

The topics include:
•Maintaining a respect for the personhood of each person
•Ways to help persons with dementia to continue to live purposefully
•Recognizing differences in forms of dementia
•Medications and behavioral concerns
•End-of-life care
Hosted by journalist Julie Anderson, this program features Judy Berry, Mona Johnson, G. Allen Power, MD, Richard Taylor, PhD, Sarah Rowan, PhD, and Bill Thomas, MD.

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