This powerful documentary, released for the first time in 2009, reached a consensus with thousands of people, not just those who are dealing with a family member with Alzheimer's. The film was an unusual departure from Sue Bourne's normal approach because she turned the cameras on herself and her family to make the documentary. Sue's mother, Ethel, has Alzheimer's and lives in a nursing home in Scotland. For three years Sue and her daughter Holly filmed the time spent together with Ethel. The reason Bourne wanted to make this film was that everything he had seen about Alzheimer's had been terribly sad and depressing. However, her experience with Holly and Ethel was that, even though her mother had Alzheimer's, all three still managed to laugh and enjoy their time together.
The resulting film is an unusual portrait of living with Alzheimer's – a funny, charming, quirky and sometimes heartbreaking record of how the family has managed to move throughout making most of their time together despite the ravages of the disease Of Alzheimer's disease. It is a simple story of love and laughter – and of trying to make the most of what you have. Made all the easier by the personality of Ethel that turns out to be the indubitable star of the film.
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