Fictional film showing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and its effect on family members.

SKU: 1616
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Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Year Produced: 1986
Running time: 54 minutes


A story which faithfully depicts the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, focusing particularly on the mental and emotional suffering experienced by those closest to Sonia, a 58-year-old painter. First she experiences memory lapses, but as the disease progresses she becomes more irritable and confused, and her daughter struggles to come to terms with the illness which worsens relentlessly. Canada.

This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes of the country in which it was made, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. But the issues raised are timeless.