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Films: Dementia ordeal inspires comic tale of ‘The Savages’

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/films_dementia_ordeal_inspires_comic_tale_of_the_savages_20071130

Tamara Jenkins knows firsthand what an overwhelming task it is to care for a parent suffering from dementia. While she was in her mid-30s, she had to help care for both her father and grandmother during their final days in a nursing home. She also knows that no matter how grave a situation might be, there are always sparks of humor surrounding it. So it's no surprise that her new film, "The Savages," addresses that very subject and does so with a healthy dose of comic perspective.

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