The newly released film on Netflix: Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson is Dead (2020) reminded me of the blog I wrote in October 2008: Sue Bourne’s Mum and Me.
Both documentary film makers made the films about a relative. Sue’s about her mother and Kirsten about her father both afflicted by Dementia.
There is no similarity between the two films. I must admit that while Bourne’s film touched me deeply Johnson’s did not.
I did not experienced my father’s confusions at its different states as I lived a long way . But his decline and efforts to remain serious and responsible were tragic.
I do not understand Johnson’s film. I did not think it was funny or touching as some reviewers write . At times I even thought that the director used her confused father to express things that he did not understand. I will not elaborate on the subject.
I would appreciate anybody who would like to write about it for my blog site….
BOURNE: Producer/Director, 2008; Winner – Best Documentary at the Celtic Media Film Festival, Winner – Mental Health Media “Making A Difference” Award