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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published May 7th 2021
It's not true what they say - you can go back
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Spoiler Alert! If you see this movie you will be treated to Australian acting at its finest in a delightful fairytale about dementia.

Noni Hazlehurst plays a woman who is released temporarily from the thrall of vascular dementia for a sufficient period of time to resurrect what is left of her family. It becomes obvious as the movie progresses that she, as the matriarch, has been responsible for many of its failings. Somehow she stays compos mentis for a sufficient amount of time to make amends.

As well as making folk uncomfortable about their own situation re a family member with dementia, there will be a few who will be reassessing their own position in a family. As the family matriarch/patriarch are they telling family members what to do rather than advising them? Are they too attached to their worldly goods?

This movie brings home the fact that "you can't take it all with you", especially into the cramped confines of the nursing home. Marie Kondo believes that downsizing should begin much earlier than the day before you are due to go into the home for the terminally confused. The latest acronym FOMO at this stage of one's life stands for Fear of Moving Out.

And that piece of antique furniture that belonged to your Mum? Your kids won't want it, so sell it and spend the money on spas and champagne. Unfortunately, June was never given that piece of advice about the things she valued and cherished.

The movie is not all doom and gloom. It is packed with humour and uplifting moments as well as pathos. Still, it could be quite confronting for those who are currently dealing with someone experiencing this dreadful disease. It might also have them asking if they too have the possibility of experiencing a small miracle of this kind. I have not been able to find any medical evidence that this is possible. More's the pity.
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Why? To have your faith in the Australian film industry restored
When: From May 5 2021
Where: A movie theatre near you
Cost: Depends on your age and the cinema chosen
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