Was Soll'n Wir Denn Machen Ohne Den Tod? (1980)

Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Director Elfie Mikesch has unobtrusively entered into the lives of patients living in an old age home and compassionately tells their stories in this skillful documentary. When elderly women recall their past, Mikesch segues into sepia tones as they speak, contrasting their periods of reminiscences with the bright summer sunlight that bathes the landscape outside the nursing home. The seniors reflect on questions relating to life, death, aging, companionship, and other issues that are of concern to anyone. Even though the topic of death cannot be avoided in this setting, it is handled as a natural, ordinary end to life, not morbid, not shunned, but accepted.