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With levity and sadness, two grown children and their aging parents struggle with the decision whether the older generation should stay in the house where they have lived for fifty years. Shot in the house where the director’s parents lived for close to fifty years shortly after they moved out, the film's semi-autobiographical story is memorably acted by a small ensemble cast led by Elliott Gould. Shot in sequence in three weeks with a heady mix of improvisational work by both author Richard Ledes and his cast. The film's personal approach to its subject captures a universal story uniquely told.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 6
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Except for a subplot about a missing cat that suggests that Fred may be considerably dottier than he appears, the movie gets almost everything right about the uncomfortable moment when grown children are forced to be their parents' parents.
Fresh: This thoughtful but exceedingly modest miniature will be best nursed within the festival circuit.
Rotten: There is recognizable pain throughout Ledes' film. Yet it never pushes through to anything beyond a surface portrait.
Fresh: Mostly, it captures how old age decimates even the people who don't suffer from it.
Slice of Life - Worth Watching
I read about this movie before I watched it so that helped quite a bit. Movie was filmed in the director's parents' old home they just sold after living in it 50 years. Have patience and you'll enjoy it. A realistic bit of life on film. That's it. Worth watching. What I liked most was the little girl's relationship & familiarity with her grandparents. She didn't treat them with callous or disdain, just honestly.