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MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING

Simon Chambers | 2022 | 86 MINS
Ireland
David Gale, a terminally ill 83-year-old actor obsessed with King Lear, summons his nephew, Simon Chambers, from India to help him achieve a perfect end to his life.

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Doing his best to oblige, the younger man, a successful documentary-maker, embarks on a “five-year odyssey of craziness” as he and the cantankerous octogenarian, who lives in unspeakable squalor, engage with neighbours, sundry crumbling public services, the dreaded care home and a “hot Brazilian guy” to whom Uncle David wishes to give away all his money.

This profoundly intimate film, a study in indomitability, is often discomforting, but with its big heart and quiet humour it is life-affirming.

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