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Isabella (2015)

How much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?


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Probably too personal a film, even if the idea and general delivery is solid
29 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film aims to capture the stories of the aging Isabella, but also captures her condition and loss of cohesiveness as she loses herself into dementia and Parkinson's. It is also a very personal film since the subject is the grandmother of one of the co- directors. The idea is interesting as it links one strong clear memory, told several times, to other fragments and truths of her condition. Animation is sparingly but cleverly used to complement the delivery and avoid it just being a talking head.

While interesting, I'm not sure it all totally works. I guess many people may not make it beyond the first few minutes, since it opens with static and barely audible voices for the first 90 seconds (I almost chucked it in, but trusted the site that had featured this). From there it gets more accessible but still remains a personal affair rather than an expansive one. As such it is worth seeing for what it does well, even if I didn't find it able to draw me into it.

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