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Assisted Living

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this surprisingly moving film, the growing trend of assisted living facilities for the elderly is examined through a lighthearted drama. The main character is a young man named Todd (Michael Bonsignore) who works as an aide in such a facility. For the most part, he struggles to cope with the day-to-day challenges of the job including Alzheimer's-afflicted patients, demanding nurses, his nagging supervisor, and the sadness that is an inherent part of working with very old people nearing death. Amazingly, he finds a way to keep everybody laughing with a combination of his slackerish pot-smoking attitude, his penchant for playing practical jokes on the residents, and his generally carefree outlook on life. The friendship he forms with one resident, Mrs. Pearlman (Maggie Riley), leads him to eventually move on, however. Writer-director Elliot Greenebaum finds a truly artistic way to communicate the difficulties that face seniors in 21st century America. Repeating imagery of hands, touching conversations about the afterlife, and general empathy for each person's unique situation add valor to this sensitive film. Most of all, ASSISTED LIVING is about helping people, and trying to make the best of aging, which is rarely an easy process.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 295670313-2

  • Credits
    Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Riley, Nancy Jo
  • Critic Reviews
    "[D]eeply affecting....Greenebaum displays a prodigious understanding of the treatment of the elderly in contemporary America."
    Los Angeles Times

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