95 and 6 to Go

85+ min. Kimi Takesue, dist. by , newday.com.2018. DVD ISBN 9781574484915. $145. Public performance. BIOG
This production from director Takesue was inspired by the idea of a "home movie" as she digs into the minutiae of the life of her grandfather Tom Takesue, a recently widowed 92-year-old in Hawai'i. Pleasingly slow paced, like life often is, Tom's mundane routine is explored as he eats, exercises, gardens, pays the bills, and watches a lot of TV. Takesue asks him numerous questions off-camera about family history; the relationship with his wife, Ethel; and his thoughts on life and humorously engages with him about Kimi's gestating screenplay. With each short sequence, his sweet-but-a-little-gruff-around-the-edges personality is revealed, and the audience learns that within every so-called ordinary existence there is a story worth discovering.
VERDICT A tender and gentle examination of a man nearing the end of his days, full of humor and small moments about loss, family, romance, and the will to survive. Recommended.

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