New thread about movies

sushipup1April 27, 2013

Movies about caregivers, illness, and the like. And they don't all have to be morbid or sad, either.

We just saw The Intouchables, a French film based on a true story. It's about a very wealthy paraplegic Frenchman who hires a Senegalese immigrant from the projects as a caregiver. Very funny and yet very real.

Another wonderful movie is "Away From Her" with Julie Christie, who was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimers.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491747/?ref_=sr_1

And there's "The Savages" with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney (Oscar-nominated) as siblings dealing with their father.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775529/?ref_=sr_1

All available thru Netflix.

Any other movies?

Here is a link that might be useful: The Intouchables

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emma

No offense, but there's to much sadness in life without choosing to watch it. If it was a movie about how to care for a patient that would be helpful. My husband had AZ and Mom had dementia, I don't want to go there in any form. I don't have a lot of years left and I want them to be as carefree as I can make them. I think to often about losing my own memory, don't need to see more of it. I had rather watch up lifting movies, they make me feel good, especially if Sean Connery is in it. LOL

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:12AM
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sushipup1

All the movies I mention focus on the caregiver, and none of them are morbid at all. There's a lot of humor in each, and all are uplifting and thought-provoking.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:05PM
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emma

I didn't say they were morbid, It's just more sadness in our lives if we have been hurt by this. There was a new movie out a few years ago about a mother losing her memory and had to be convinced to go to a home. That was before I experienced dementia in any form and I still didn't want to see it. I don't watch movies about drugs and delinquent teens either. Like I said there is to much sadness in our daily lives without watching it on TV.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 6:34PM
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jkom51

Agree with sushipup - Intouchables is a GREAT movie. Definitely worth viewing; might be on Netflix now?

And although it's not strictly a caregiver's movie, Michael Haneke's fabulous "Amour" was an easy winner for Best Foreign Film at this year's Oscars.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 3:01PM
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sushipup1

We got it from Netflix by mail. Yes, I'm looking forward to Amour, too.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 4:23PM
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sushipup1

Another good one is Robot and Frank, set in the 'near future' with a robot as a caregiver.

Here is a link that might be useful: Robot and Frank

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 6:48PM
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CA Kate

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

I too don't want to watch movies about what I'm living thru'. They make me cry. I want funny and light hearted.

I wish I had a really good, futuristic robot to help -- that would always be here and wouldn't decide to just not show up one day. Grrrrrrr.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:11PM
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chinacat_sunflower

Big Fish - which is kind of a round-about way of addressing a relationship with an aging or ailing parent, but it's one that brought me a great deal of comfort.

NeverWas, which is also not an easy film to watch, but is also about coming to terms with our parents, and our selves as humans.

have heard great things about Robot and Frank, it's on the list, but the list is long, and free hours are short.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2013 at 6:47PM
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jannie

Years ago Oscar-winning actress Joanne Woodward was in a TV movie playing a woman with early Alzheimers. I think it was called "Do You Remember Love?" There was a scene where she couldn't find her car in a parking garage. Hmmm, that's happened to me.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 12:11PM
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emma

Jannie, One time I drove my Dad's car downtown and parked in an underground garage. At that time they had attendants to get your car for you. When he asked what car I gave him "MY" car information. He finally came back and said I can't find your car anywhere. I forgot I drove Dad's. LOL Needless to say I felt a little foolish!

This post was edited by EmmaR on Tue, May 28, 13 at 19:35

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 7:34PM
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dreamgarden

"We just saw The Intouchables, a French film based on a true story. It's about a very wealthy paraplegic Frenchman who hires a Senegalese immigrant from the projects as a caregiver. Very funny and yet very real."

I saw this movie and agree with you. It was very good.

On that note, I'd like to see more movies made about folks that overcome disabilities or at least find some sort of peace with their situation.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 10:26AM
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