4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Excellent insights into elderly care and its lonely world.
RigelB from United States
9 August 2003
I have been a big fan of Garland Yee's work for many years now and to see
his ideas and subtle themes come to the screen was something that has been
long over due.
The simple story of a bingo game was used as a canvas to paint subtler
themes and true emotional states of our seniors. While the main character
seems, at moments, like he is frustrated with dealing with these confused
and confusing old people, we can also see much deeper and see how much
frustrated the seniors are.
It really is a shame how we put our family members away in these homes,
then just leave them there. "Out of sight, and out of mind" Games likes
bingo are probably the highlights of their days. How sad is that. I think
anyone who is reading this and has family in a nursing home should go see
Back to the film, it was one of the best short films I have seen in
Through it's documentary style approach it offered a very real slice of
nursing home life.
I have heard that there are plans to make a feature and all I can say is
that I am sure it would be a refreshing film when compared to all the
soulless and mindless films that are being churned out today. It is not
about selling a product, it is not a product, it is has something to offer
and nothing to sell.
I just hope that someday I can work with Garland Yee and collaborate on
movie ideas. He has always had insight into the pop culture vien that is
movies. However, as soothsayer of new trends, he also sees beyond the
triviality of pop culture and really has something to say. He is a poet
scholar of all things filmic.
It is about time for things to change. We are on the brink of a boring
cultural plateau, both in music and film, and it is time we look to people
like Garland Yee for guidance back into a more meaningful world.
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