The Genius of Marian follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Her son, the film maker, works with her as she attempts to write a book that tributes her mother, the artist Marian Steele. As Pam's family comes together to support her, they must also prepare for the new reality that Alzheimer's brings. The film is a powerful work of art with many visual textures, interweaving observational film making with super 8 family movies, Marian's paintings and old photographs. The Genius of Marian is both an intimate look at a much feared illness and a loving portrait of the meaning of family.Written by
This is a powerful and beautifully crafted movie about a woman named Pam who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in her early sixties...very real and emotional, while possessing a hauntingly artistic quality as the movie is interspersed with magnificent ethereal watercolors painted by Pam's mother, also a victim of Alzheimer's. I would suggest anyone with a family member who has been diagnosed with this diseases watch this film, but be warned: There is no candy-coating here. This is a real as it gets. You will see all the frustration, the heart-break, the fear, the anger - and yes, sometimes even the humor that accompanies this most heart-wrenching condition where you slowly witness a loved one fading away, bit by painful bit. My only complaint is that the movie did not seem finished...it just "cuts off" abruptly, which I believe was due to funding problems.
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