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Oed Yr Addewid (2002)

 -  Drama  -  15 January 2002 (USA)
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Maureen has her hands full at home and can't take care of her father William, who may be suffering from Alzheimer's. Her brothers - Alun, an alcoholic trumpet player, and John, an ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Caroline Berry
Romolo Bruni
Catrin Dafydd
Dyfan Dwyfor
Gwen Ellis
Marged Esli
Greg Evans
Simon Fisher
Arwel Gruffydd
Gwenno Hodgkins
Morfudd Hughes
Phylip Hughes
Stewart Jones
Valmai Jones
Mal Lloyd
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Maureen has her hands full at home and can't take care of her father William, who may be suffering from Alzheimer's. Her brothers - Alun, an alcoholic trumpet player, and John, an insensitive businessman - don't really want to help. William, a lifelong socialist, feels angry and resentful towards the British government which has abandoned him in his old age. Having been persuaded by his children to buy a council house in the booming 80s, he discovers that this selfsame government, which made such a virtue of home ownership some ten years earlier, now expects him to sell the property in order to pay for his care. Isolated in old age, Williams secretly decides to put into action a plan to get back at the system. Written by Anonymous

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Do Not Go Gentle  »

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The police car that chases the conductor's stolen car through Cardiff carries UK national police high visibility livery (aka 'battenburg'). The film is set in 1997, and though one or two UK police forces had began rolling it in by then, South Wales Police (who police Cardiff) did not introduce it until about 1999/2000, so would still have been using their regional livery at the time (a band consisting of a two-tier red and white check). See more »

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odd revenge tale
12 October 2003 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful film, so simple and real in its portrayal of a family's difficulties with an Alzheimer's sufferer. And if you like Erik Satie as much as I do, this should be a favourite.

My brother thought the ending was a cop out, but I found it thought provoking.

My only problem was that I was told by the TV guide that Mr. Davies "secretly decides to put into action a plan to get back at the system" - unfortunately I never understood how moving into a nursing home achieved this. I also wondered what happened to Maureen's son - what looked to be a interesting subplot, died almost immediately. Oh, well.

Fortunately, though, the performances were beautifully understated and funny (the "mad as a hatter" English woman springs to mind, look out for her!) and the story still emotionally involving enough for someone who's not so knowledgable of the failings of the Thatcher/Majors government.

More importantly, the film is mostly in Welsh, which is a gorgeous language to listen to. It's great.


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