Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Canadian filmmaker and cinéma vérité pioneer Allan King directs the documentary Dying at Grace. The film follows the final events in the lives of five terminal patients in the palliative care unit at the Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre. Using neither voice-over narration nor interviews, King just spends time with the patients, their loved ones, and their caretakers. Subjects include Italian immigrant Carmela, lonely survivor Joyce, hopeful Eda, former biker Rick, and cancer patient Lloyd. King also spends much intimate time with the hospital staff working under the direction of chaplain Phyllis Bobbit. Dying at Grace was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.