Sunday, December 30, 2007
The only way I could convince Galvino to see The Savages was by not telling him the storyline. In the first five minutes of the film he turned to me blurting out, "this is depressing." Throughout all the nursing homes scenes, he moved with sense of discomfort. Having worked in numerous nursing homes in my teens, I found the scenes familiar.
The story resonates for a lot of us who are caught between a prolonged adolescence and middle-age, and now have aging parents to care for. The script's unsentimental treatment of caring for a parent suffering from dementia gives it further credibility.
If the story line doesn't appeal to you, surely watching Philip Seymour Hoffman is worth your time and money (Laura L. is worth watching on screen as well) .