Awarded a knighthood for his classical theatrical work, Sir Michael Gifford was a hell-raiser, womanizer and a mesmerizing star. He is now suffering from Parkinson’s disease, feeling trapped in his body and taking out his anger on anyone around him, including every caregiver hired to administer to his needs. Enter Dorrotya, an ambitious young actress recently immigrated from Hungary. Despite having lied about her credentials as a caregiver and despite the insults hurled at her by Sir Michael, Dorrotya attends to him with respect and skill. An impromptu exchange from Hamlet reveals a mutual love of Shakespeare and their relationship inches toward mutual respect. When Sir Michael is offered a Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorrotya persuades him to accept it in person. The resulting fallout sees Dorottya fired and Sir Michael in the hospital. “The Carer” is a rich blend of tragedy and comedy, a feel good film about aging and infirmity. In English.
Director: János Edelényi
UK/Hungary (2016) • 89 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Corinth Films
Screening Sponsor: Woodward Park Shakespeare Festival
Brian Cox rages vigorously against the dying of the light.
Author: Stephen Farber
Publication: Hollywood Reporter
The Carer is full of heart, charm and lots of laughter, but it is Brian Cox’s commanding lead performance that truly ignites the screen, elevating and shaping this simple film into something quite special.
Author: Allan Brown
Publication: Movie Review World