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Harald Kaiser Hermann
Lily and Max have been married for more than 50 years. Now they live together in a nursing home, where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. Lily has been putting her own needs aside and is desperately longing for excitement and intimacy in her life. When a man known as "the Pilot" moves in next door, Lily is immediately charmed by him and his passion for life. But neither her family nor the other residents at the nursing home are fond of her new acquaintance. Misunderstood by her family and trapped in her life with Max, Lily decides to fight to escape the bars of her invisible prison and claim her freedom.Written by
Nordisk Film Production A/S
Masterful Tour de Force by eighty year old Danish actress Ghita Norby
The slightly mystifying title refers to the Random Words memory test the central figure has to undergo in Danish.
Subject: MARRAKESH FILM REVIEWS Ghita Norby Rocks at Eighty in KEY HOUSE MIRROR By Alex Deleon (Filmfestivals.com)
Danish film entitled, KEY HOUSE MIRROR (Nøgle Hus Spejl) viewed at Colisée cinema, Gueliz, Marrakesh, Friday night, December 11. Director Michael Noe: starring Ghita Norby and Sven Wollter.
This is an amazing small budget Danish film the sly subject of which is a love affair in an old age home starring great Danish actress Ghita Norby as a women whose husband has become a living vegetable in love with another senior who still has some lead in his pencil.
Lily, pushing eighty, takes up residence in the old age home to be with her totally incapacitated husband. However, in the home she meets a retired Swedish airlines pilot, who has shaky hands from Parkinsons disease but a sunny outgoing personality and a jaunty outlook on life. Lily falls in love with big beefy Max (Sven Wolkter) and literally seduces him. She has had no sex for years with her paralyzed husband and is sex starved as well as generally starved for intimate connectivity.
We see some remarkable Senior Citizen love making (in bedroom shadow but they are actually nude and copulating!) -- Which leads to family complications when, at the traditional Xmas family reunion, Lily reveals to her daughter (also the devoted daughter of paralyzed aged Eric, propped up on a seat but totally out of if like a zombie) -- that she has fallen in love with a man she has met at the home --and from there this tale suddenly takes off -- with a subtle slam bang. Starting out like an innocent visit to an old age home in Copenhagen but ending up as a tangled elderly love affair and heavyweight family drama when Lily is herself diagnosed as being in the early stages of Dementia and starts becoming forgetful ... however she has planned a dream-of-a-lifetime trip to Paris with beefy shaky lover Max -- buys the tickets and is determined to go through with this late in life honeymoon, no matter what -- On the sound track a extremely decelerated version of Dean Martin's "I Love Paris" is heard over and over again ... "In the morning, in the evening ---because my love is near ..." -- as if the recording itself is suffering from old age!
Danish top star actress Ghita Norby (born 1935!). Is utterly amaaaaazing in this picture -- surprisingly the best movie Of the entire week I saw here at the Marrakesh film festival -- and one of the most breathtaking female performances I have ever seen anywhere! Not to be missed if you can find it. Required viewing for people over Eighty and strongly suggested viewing for those under eighty who aspire to reach this venerable age -- not to mention film buffs of all ages who appreciate and relish sensitive savvy ingeniously realistic acting -- So real in fact, that Norby turns this seemingly simple low key tale into a breathtaking thriller -- which I don't think many actresses her age would be capable of doing. An acting Master Class and a thrill to watch.
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