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Short History of Decay (2013)

Harris Yulin , Bryan Greenberg , Michael Maren  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Harris Yulin, Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Kathleen Rose Perkins
  • Directors: Michael Maren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IE419YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was probably a decade ago when I saw my grandmother for the last time. I hadn’t seen her for a while because – as most families unfortunately do – she had been shepherd away into one of our homes after developing Alzheimer’s. Sure, I understand that, in some respects, it was for her own safety, but we all know how we secretly feel about that and things like it. Anyway, most of us had had gathered for a funeral (not hers), and she was rolled in via wheelchair and placed in a position of some modest honor. I went over and spoke with her; I’m not quite sure she remembered who I was, but she responded with such warmth and interest in all I had to say that it really didn’t make that much difference. It wasn’t all that much later that she passed, and I guess even today I still wonder about how deeply the ravages of that unkind disease truly changed her outlook.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

Nathan Fisher (played by Bryan Greenberg) is a kinda/sorta failed novelist/playwright who’s going through a bad break-up with his aspiring writer/girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui). Before they can truly work out where they are in their relationship, Fisher is suddenly struck with the news that his father (Harris Yulin) has suffered a stroke. Knowing that his mother (Linda Lavin) is dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s, the young man realizes he’ll need to relocate back home in order to help the family sort out their own issues.
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By Roddy
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This is an exceptionally well written and performed movie. Touching, romantic and often extremely funny. The situations are fairly familiar -- 30-something man on the rebound retreats to his family in Florida -- but the execution is original and consistently dramatic and lively. Sexy, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Short History of Decay Shows Realities of Aging June 10, 2014
By Julie
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Poignant story about inevitable life changes, including dealing with aging parents who are suffering from serious health problems. It also challenges viewers to consider the choices they've made regarding their careers and lifestyles, suggesting that the superficial rewards are not as fulfilling as we expect them to be. Linda Lavin gives a heartbreaking performance and Kathleen Rose Perkins is a scene stealer. The bold ending doesn't resolve anything, so like the real end of life with it's uncertainties. Michael Maren scores a win with this film.
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A Short History of Decay is a thoughtful movie that everyone can relate to. The characters, the dialogue, the situations will be recognizable in one way or another to almost every family. The scenery is great (who doesn't love seeing the beach?), the acting doesn't seem like acting (kudos to the actors and director Michael Maren for drawing out these performances), and the film put lots of people to work in Wilmington, NC where it mostly was filmed. This is one to share with generations!
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