At a party following a grand-nephew's Confirmation, ARTIE and CONNIE find a quiet table off to the side to eat their cocktail appetizers. They are both elderly, and Artie is deep in the ... See full summary »

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At a party following a grand-nephew's Confirmation, ARTIE and CONNIE find a quiet table off to the side to eat their cocktail appetizers. They are both elderly, and Artie is deep in the throes of Alzheimer's. The two grouse and bicker as old married couples will, and the conversation takes many comical and absurd turns as Connie struggles to make sense of Artie's foggy pronouncements. But the comedy is always shadowed by the grim presence of Artie's illness, and the memories of happier times that will never be again. And when niece JILL reveals a crucial bit of forgotten information, Connie is left to ponder the darkness of her own future. Written by Anonymous

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A pleasant, warm surprise
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Glacier Bay is one of the sweetest and most poignant short films I've seen on the festival circuit, and I've seen dozens. It recently played the prestigious Sedona International Film Festival. Chances are you'll see your life, or those around you, reflected in Artie and Connie.

Artie (James Noble, who also produced) and Connie (Dorothy Bryce) are in their twilight years, sometimes forgetful and often abrasive, yet somehow managing to elicit some hearty laughs that literally had me falling out of my seat. Attending the confirmation of their cousin Michael, they appear to be the typical aging old codgers with which we are all so familiar. But things are not what they seem, and you are sure to be touched by the give and take of these two marvelous actors and the direction taken by this film.

Glacier Bay is beautifully and elegantly directed by Douglas Moser from a Frederick J. Stroppel script, and shot with loving care by veteran cinematographer Christo Bakalov. Mostly a two-person dialog, the theatrical feel and focus on our two protagonists is so compelling that Glacier Bay will leave you wanting more.

Try to catch Glacier Bay as it makes its rounds of the best festivals. It's a surprising little gem of a film that hit very close to home for me, and will likely do the same for you.


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