For a very long time love stories with a sad ending didn’t make sense to me. It was just so annoying that they didn’t end on a happy note. Over the years and after many sad endings – in books, in movies and in life – I’ve come to the realization that it is seldom about the ending. The most important part, much like in life itself, is the journey of togetherness. This short film is an incredibly moving tale of a couple whose 40-plus years of togetherness stands against a disease that’s both ruthless and abominable.
Alzheimer’s: A Love Story is the love story of Greg and his husband, Michael. A documentary format film that shows raw emotions playing out on a screen. In a way the film is more about how much the disease affects the people who love the patient. A heartbreaking, genuine effort at showcasing what love is; a feeling that’s so strong that it can conquer much more than we give it credit for.
The film introduces us to Michael and his strength. It shows us that no matter how tough times are bonds between individuals can be so strong that they can overpower even the worst possible events and prove as someone called it ‘damn near-indestructible’. It shows us the intense nature of Alzheimer’s. As Michael says, “Alzheimer’s will accept anybody and everybody, no matter what. Male, female, young, old, gay, straight. Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate.”
The directors Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli have done a great job at capturing the emotions. As always with documentaries, it is very challenging to be able to show the emotional fluidity that one experiences off camera. But the duo have done an excellent job at capturing it.
Watch the trailer of this heart rendering tale. More about it here.
Dedication: To Nanaji, and my Nani whose strength, devotion and love is a beacon of hope in this drearier-by-the-second world.