Entertainment for Caregivers

Dramas  for caregivers. Let me re-phrase that…filmed dramas for care-givers

  • Away from Her (2007) – A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer’s disease. This Canadian drama stars Gordon Pinsent and is based on a short story by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.
  • Harvest (2011) –  Three generations are drawn together by their patriarch. This film portrays a family that awkwardly yet delicately hanging on to what was, what now is and to one another.
  • Dear Frankie (2005) – This Scottish film is about a single mother who keeps a secret from her young deaf son in an attempt to protect him, but ends up having to hire a man to portray the boy’s father for a day.
  • The Straight Story (1999) – An old gent wants to visit his sick and estranged brother but has no car. So, he climbs on his lawnmower and sets out on a rather unusual road trip.  Oscar-nominated performance by Richard Farnsworth.


  • Return to Me (2000) – A man unwittingly falls for the woman who received his late wife’s heart through a transplant in this gentle comedy.
  • Throw Momma From the Train (1987) – Crossed signals between strangers result in a half-arsed plot to kill the world’s most irritating mother.

Other  films addressing care giving issues

  • Dad (1989) – A man returns home to his mother care for his ailing father in this multigenerational look at the various joys, sorrows, and opportunities that caregiving affords to family relationships.
  • Marvin’s Room (1996) – This beautiful and truthful film follows two sisters, one of whom has given up her own pursuits to be a caregiver to her father and aunt. When the caregiver herself becomes ill , the other sister and her two sons come to help out. The depiction of the nature of caregiving is amazing.
  • Proof (2005) – A young woman caring for her mentally ill father confronts family issues and fears of inheriting her father’s disease. Literate adaptation of the stage play makes a touching statement about trust in relationships being more important than gaining empirical evidence.
  • The Wedding Gift (1994) – A British couple faces the challenge of a lifetime when the wife contracts a mysterious and debilating illness. Wry humor helps them cope in this lovely, bittersweet depiction of the unique difficulties faced by spousal caregivers.
  • Harry Brown (2011) – A pensioner whose wife is passing is prevented from being with her during her final moments because of thugs running amok on his estate, so he does what Michael Caine does best. Yes, this  isn’t a movie about caregiving for the mentally ill but it’s Michael Fucking Caine.

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