The Carer

The Carer

DVD - 2017
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Diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson's Disease, ailing theatrical legend Sir Michael Gifford is terminally ill. He's also foul-mouthed, irascible, and highly resistant to the concept of allowing a full time care giver into his home. Out of sheer necessity but hardly convicted at the notion herself, Sir Michael's daughter Sophia reluctantly brings in a candidate to interview for the job.
Publisher: Riegelsville, PA : Corinth Films, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: Brian Cox, Emilia Fox, Roger Moore.
UPC: 896137001344
Call Number: DVD C

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2019

Like BritCrimeDramaFan said, some parallel in theme with another excellent comedy drama "Me Before You." Though with lessor leading actress and music, this Hungarian film in English dialogue has better leading actor and better script. The finish is particularly well conceived and performed.

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matcat44
Nov 04, 2017

Although this theme has been used before in a very good French film, I did enjoy this, good acting and well directed.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
May 24, 2017

Very enjoyable story reminiscent of the highly acclaimed "Me Before You". Here, the patient is curmudgeonly Brian Cox, an old, ailing Shakespearean actor, who has gone through numerous "carers" due to his sour disposition. Along comes a spirited young candidate, with a similar love of Shakespeare and acting, who is determined not to let the rude and irritating Sir Gifford get to her. A friendship is forged, not without difficulty, that reveals deeper messages of honoring the elderly and respecting differences. Excellent acting and writing, with just the right dose of humor make viewing "The Carer" a joy!

tuscany1 Nov 30, 2016

Hungarian production, strong cast, contemporary setting and interesting storyline - dying Thespian meets Hungarian carer who has dramatic aspirations herself.

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2019

Is she a Muslim?
- Oh, don't start that again. Of course she's not a Muslim.
The last one was a Muslim.
- No, she wasn't. She was Russian.
She had a burka.
-She didn't have a burka. She had a cold.
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To Be or Not to Be.
-Do you know, it was all made by Hungarians. Hungarian producer, Hungarian cameraman, Hungarian set designer. Even the man who wrote the script was a Hungarian.
Hungarian my arse. He was Polish.
-Why do you always have to argue? His name is Melchior Lengyel. Which means Polish, but he was Hungarian.
Of course. Who wasn't?
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Much funnier, don't you think?
- Mel Brooks did.
What?
- That's exactly how his version goes.
Oh, well, then. He is clearly as talented as I am.
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It was like a dying request. How could I refuse?
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Where in the name of Poseidon's barnacled backside have you been?

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2019

You know, I once met Adolph Zukor, the founder of Paramount Pictures.
-And a Hungarian.
Don't fxcking interrupt with all that Hungarian crap! It was just before his 100th birthday, and he said... "If I had known that I was going to live this long,. I would have taken better care of myself."
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But who has ever heard of a Hungarian actress? Oh, yeah, Zsa Zsa Gabor, of course.
-And Eva Gabor and Magda Gabor. But that's one family. Is that really it? I mean, they're hardly the bloody Redgraves. Right?
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You see, you can cry without champagne. Something you've learned about yourself.
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He seems a nice man.
- Who?
George.
-He's a pub landlord. They're written that way. It's like saying Romeo is good
at chatting up the girls, Hamlet is a bit indecisive, and Lear is a grumpy old fart.
They say your Lear was absolutely terrific. From the heart, born to play it.

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2019

We get old. That's the truth. And how can you tell true stories about the human condition if you deny it, or choose only the good bits? Youth and beauty, passion and sex. We all come to this, you know, if we're very lucky. There's no truth in cosmetic enhancement, you know, no candor in collagen. Besides, which face would you have lifted? What a ship of plastic fools. Incontinent, botoxed, nipped, tucked, liposucked, studded with diamonds, sailing into the sunset.
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"Cowards die many times before their deaths."
"The valiant never taste of death but once."
"Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
"It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
"Seeing that death, a necessary end,"
"Will come"
"when it will come."

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jimg2000
Jun 14, 2019

You're not serious.
-I've never been more serious in my life. You know, Milly, I've always wanted to say that line. And in my entire career I never once did.
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But you're not up to it.
-The show must go on. Oh! Another one of those wonderful lines I have always wanted to say. "The show must go on."
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They say that youth is wasted on the young. Well, awards are surely wasted on the old. I mean, it's always gonna be a toss-up, which would've made the mantelpiece first. This or my ashes. Oh, don't worry. I've died on stage many times. Sometimes it was even in the script.

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