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Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours ?
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Published by Salabert Phonographic (c) Luxy Music SA
(c) Universal Music Group Publishing (ASCAP)
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I wanted more about Iris Murdoch before she descends into Alzheimer's disease (stunningly portrayed by Judi Dench), other than a few lectures, and more explanation on why the young Iris fixed on her husband.
I haven't read the memoirs by the husband; it's possible that because the books and thence the movie are from his view point that we can't get inside Iris's head young, old, or befuddled.
The Young Iris segments mostly point up again that Kate Winslet has a beautiful naked body (was this before or after her baby?) and I didn't see how she did enough otherwise to justify the award nominations.
The Young Husband looks amazingly like the old Broadbent, so that the flashbacks are completely seamless, and both are terrific.
It's nice to see on screen a house as much of a mess as mine, filled with reading material, but I think we were supposed to react negatively at the sight and scream doesn't the British health services provide home health aides?
Altogether a very moving movie, helped by James Horner's music, especially sympathetic to what a caregiver goes through.
(originally written 3/3/2002)
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