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Bob Cil­man, Stan Gold­man, Dora Mor­row, Len Fon­taine, Bob Salvini, Joe Benoit, Fred Knit­tle

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Stephen Walker A doc­u­men­tary about an old peo­ple’s choir bang­ing out tunes be­tween vis­its to the spe­cial­ist doesn’t re­ally sound like much of a film, but what an un­ex­pected gem it is. I laughed. I cried. I sang along. The film re­ally is a roller coaster jour­ney, from the hu­mor­ous and light-hearted first stanza – full of irony and fri­vol­ity as we hear quirky ren­di­tions of punk, in­die and R ’n’ B clas­sics, such as the 92-year-old war bride Eileen ham­mer­ing out her ver­sion of the Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go? – to the depths of despair as two of the choir mem­bers die in the weeks be­fore the penul­ti­mate per­for­mance. Through­out the course of the film we are in­tro­duced to the char­ac­ters who make up the choir, and it is the ta­pes­try of their in­di­vid­ual sto­ries com­bined that give such strength and depth to the story of the choir it­self. The lim­i­ta­tions of old age, the per­cep­tions of el­derly peo­ple, the frailty of life – all take on new mean­ing when set to the film’s clas­sic tracks. Never has Bowie’s Golden Years taken on such depth of mean­ing – nor in­deed Sonic Youth’s sem­i­nal Schizophre­nia. With each line, with each back story, with each close up on the lined faces of their geri­atric ren­der­ers, a new sense of sig­nif­i­cance sprang forth. Not in an earnest way, but with joy, with soul and with char­ac­ters that make you want to get up and shake what your mumma gave ya – while you still can!

Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity 2

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