This could not be considered an enjoyable film, but it is powerful and confronting. It depicts well the frustration of both a sufferer of dementia and a family member struggling to come to terms with the “loss” a loved family member. It can be confusing as there are scenes in current time as well as Anthony reliving versions of events from the past.
The setting is all indoors, which perhaps reflects Anthony’s mental state. While based on a stage play that would have had limited opportunities for more scenes, many films based on plays extend the cinematography to widen the settings. For this film it was appropriate to keep the setting so simple.
For Anthony, the deterioration is seen with his body language as he becomes a little more stooped, and his clothing moves from well-dressed to constantly in pyjamas. There was just a touch of humour, with Anthony constantly losing his watch, but even this was a frustration for Anne.
This is a film that shows real life for a family going through changes in an aging family member. Overall, we gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5.
At our June class we will be discussing “Six Minutes to Midnight” (trailer below), which screened at BPACC from 20 May.
- Did you enjoy the film? What in particular did you like?
- Was there anything that you did not like?
- What did you think about the cinematography?
- What did you think of the performances? Any strong performances that stand out? Any weak performances that spoilt the film?
- Overall rating out of 5.