NEW PATH : DEMENTIA IN FILMS….

In my plan to write about and study films about dementias I realise that the research involved is too complex and beyond my available time and interest.  I know nothing about horror films and it seems to me that it requires a special knowledge of the genre.  I will limit my research to films where the main subject is a woman as I have done for my previous work.

Before I embark on a different path, I will also like to chose films where dementia is the main subject and try to avoid the misrepresentation exemplified bu the review in the Guardian:

I’ve yet to see a film that sufficiently gets to the heart of what it means to watch a loved one lose their mind to dementia. Those that have garnered attention and awards over the years, while incredibly affecting, are suffused with a worthiness or restraint that somehow neglects the dementia that I have witnessed. There are some notable exceptions: Michael Haneke’s Amour and Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages do well to convey the more savage aspects of the disease. 

(https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/05/cinema-dementia-relic-dick-johnson-is-dead-films)

Amour is certainly not about dementia.  And yet this is quoted in IMDB – a site I always considered as reliable. 

I will also ignore films where the dementia is a minor subject and the role played by the affected person is minimal.

In often quoted The Savages (2007) the main theme is the impact made by the needs of a dementing father on his estranged unloved daughter and son. There is a shocking scene of the demented father abusing his carer but this is a device to convey the unpleasant character of the father….. 

I will also avoid similar films where the demented character is not the main subject of the film for example  Firefly Dreams(2001). A beautiful visual film more interesting  about the teenager than the old woman she visits…. 

 I recently obtained the DVD of a difficult-to-find film “ What they Had” (2018).  I wonder why this film has not been more widely distributed.  Still Mine (2012) a Canadian film about an old couple also did not deserve this oversight. I will start my study after Xmas with this touching film. 

About rinaross

Born in 1935. MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Westminster 1998. Studying the representation of older women in film since then.
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