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Elderly residents of a Toronto nursing home cope with loss, loneliness and other heartbreaking challenges of growing old, as the home's staff work tirelessly to provide an environment of dignified, compassionate care. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Claire Mandell ... Herself
Sherry Mandell ... Herself
Jeff Glickman ... Himself
Sonny Max Glickman ... Himself
Joanne Glickman ... Herself
Aaron Glickman ... Himself
Max Trachter ... Himself
Sylvia Consky ... Herself
Bookie Kwart ... Himself
Ida Orliffe ... Herself
Fay Silverman ... Herself
Lionel Silverman ... Himself
Sandi Silverman ... Herself
Rachel Baker ... Herself
Fred Baker ... Himself
Miriam Baker ... Herself
Frank Levin ... Himself
Murray Cornish ... Himself
Leslie Robbins-Conway ... Herself
Jennifer Wong ... Herself
Helen Mosten-Growe ... Herself
Sandie Ross ... Herself
Ruth Kogon ... Herself

Directed by
Allan King 
Produced by
Kathy Avrich-Johnson .... executive producer
Allan King .... producer
Sarah Zammit .... associate producer
Original Music by
Robert Carli 
Cinematography by
Peter Walker 
Film Editing by
Nick Hector 
Sound Department
Michael Bonini .... sound
Jason Milligan .... sound

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Canada:112 min (Toronto International Film Festival)


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Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company (2005), 10 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

King takes his camera inside a Jewish nursing home, and focuses on a group of residents with varying degrees of dementia and Alzheimer's. Although DYING AT GRACE deals with the end of life, I found this much more depressing. Perhaps too depressing, as these people struggle with their own lack of recall. When Claire repeatedly forgets that her best friend has died, she has to relive the sorrow of that discovery over and over again. The staff at the facility seem to be doing the best they can, but there is little you can do to alleviate the confusion and suffering of a deteriorating mind. There are some happy moments (Fay's unbridled joy over a visit from her son, who crassly boasts about the value of the watch he's gifted to her) but overall this was more uncomfortable than poignant. However, it left me with empathy for these people and their loved ones. I very much liked the social worker who the film seems to pivot around.

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