Red Koi Reviews

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Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company

Posted by redkoireviews on 18/06/2006

Memory for MaxMemory for Max was the last film that my partner & I in this years Sydney Film Festival. Produced by Canadian documentary maker Allan King, it’s a moving documentary of the lives of Max, Claire, Ida, Helen & a number of others living in a Toronto nursing home.

The film draws the audience into the struggles of daily life in a world where your life memories are fading and slowly disappearing. For anyone whose ever lost a elderly relative to dementia (and so many have) this moving will be especially moving. Bring tissues.
If you’ve been a bit infrequent in your visits to reletives in nursing homes, this film will remind you why it’s important to visit, even if they confuse you for somebody else.

The only criticism I have is that there a few too many people in the film – a few of those we see a small glimpse of could probably have been left out. However, I can imagine the producer trying to decide whose lives should go un-recorded, lost to time. It’d be tough.

Hy partner saw ‘Dying at Grace‘ at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival, an thought it was a bit better than ‘Memory for Max’.

My Rating:4.5 Stars


One Response to “Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company”

  1. John said

    great site. Those pictures in flickr are awesome

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