Short History of Decay
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(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.Read more ›
Linda Lavin plays the mother very convincingly. She forgets easily, but knows who her family is. No one wants to talk about what they should be doing. The father leaves the hospital against advice with no noticeable deficit except he sleeps a lot. What I noticed that astonished me was that this woman with Alzheimer's was allowed to sort her husbands pills for the week. Did she have any idea what she was doing? The older son appears with issues of his own, and here they are all of them with troubles.
This is a moving film, but one without any real convincing conversations. No one wants to talk about the elephant in the room, the talk is all done on the outside. These seem like real issues that are not handled, probably a lot like real life. Without Linda Lavin and her husband played by Harris Yulin, this would have been a nothing film. Of note, look at the authors in the coffee shop scene, they are all real authors in life.
Recommended At Times. prisrob 08-23-14
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I enjoyed the story, and the actors portrayed the characters very well. However, I felt that it left the viewer without an ending. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gracie
Thoughtful. I liked watching Bryan Greenberg run on the beach. Great character study. Linda Lavin is excellent, as usual.Published 21 months ago by Robin
Inane script, inane acting, and dull in every other possible way imaginable. One of the worst movies I've seen lately. Skip this one.Published 23 months ago by Ernest Osborne
This is a two-hanky film. You'll be blubbering at least a little before the end as two sons deal with their aging parents and the issues this causes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brad Smith
Tori Fouch was excellent in her first role in a major motion picture. Hope to see more of her in future roles.Published 24 months ago by terry knight