Lino Settembre and his wife Chicca lead a tranquil married life without any serious problems. They are satisfied with their careers. He's the sports editor at the Messenger and she's a ...
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Lino Settembre and his wife Chicca lead a tranquil married life without any serious problems. They are satisfied with their careers. He's the sports editor at the Messenger and she's a professor of medieval languages at the Universita' Gregoriana. The only true disappointment in their 25 years of marriage has been the lack of children. They used the situation to strengthen their marriage instead of letting it become real problem. But now, in a totally unexpected way, they're presented with a big worry: Lino is having some really serious memory problems that little by little get worse and start to interrupt the routine of their daily lives and activities both at home and at work. At first both Lino and Chicca decide to laugh it off but the problem manifests itself more and more until, after careful attention and in-depth medical exams, they receive the diagnosis of degenerative brain disease that's destroying his brain.Written by
This film is about a renowned sports writer who behaves increasingly erratically as time progresses.
"The Second Childhood" is a touching portrayal of a man who refuses to face his Alzheimer's disease, and a wife who refuses to give up caring for her husband. THe portrayal of Alzheimer's disease is quite heartbreaking, as we see him becoming disorganised, aggressive, and ultimately got taken advantage of. It is a stark reminder of how scary Alzheimer's disease can be, not knowing where you are and even who you are when you wake up. The love of the wife is also commendable, and this film brings awareness to the many nameless carers who are battling and coping with a loved one's condition. Though there are other films about dementia that are even more touching than this, "The Second Childhood" is an adequate drama to expand awareness into the disabling condition.
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