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Ruth And Alex.
21 March 2017
This is a lovely little film that probably won't appeal to all, but will click with those of a certain age group or disposition.
It may seem a slight tale; a rather elderly couple - he a painter, she a retired teacher – decide to move from the Brooklyn apartment they have owned for 40 years; cue all the circus of selling and searching for a new home plus sub-plots of a hunt for an apparent terrorist in the neighbourhood and the illness of the couple's much-loved dog. It is a wry comedy, with flashbacks telling the couple's story over the years.
Keaton and Freeman give convincing performances (as do Claire van der Boom and Korey Jackson as their younger selves) and I personally identified with Alex and his attitude to his art - I particularly smiled at Ruth's put-down of their gallery-owning friend. It is no shallow Woody Allen clone, but is warm-hearted and celebrates New York city in it's own particular way.
The cinematography is excellent.
The UK DVD release (the film is known as “5 Flights Up” in the US) has no extras or subtitles at all, which is rather a shame. It is an adaptation of the novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment.