Drama/Romance, 14 min 18 sec
Log line: A caregiver prepares the perfect meal in this bittersweet story of fine wine, dementia and Virginia Woolf.
true love never dies, and yet life does throw it curveballs sometimes…
As a hopeless romantic myself, this film was both gratifying and sad to watch. It serves as testament to the fact that true love never dies, and yet life does throw it curveballs sometimes. One such sucker punch to the heart being dementia. Like a much shorter lesbian version of the very popular romantic film, The Notebook (2004), Seeing Glory reminds us of how the lover of a person suffering with dementia may work tirelessly to recreate or trigger the sensations that led to and defined their romantic story. These stories and struggles are not often represented in media, and I thank writer and director Rick Hamilton for bringing this to us in this beautifully crafted short film.
Quoting the immortal words of author Virginia Woolf, this short but sweet film poses the age-old question: ‘What does the brain matter compared with the heart?’ In just under 15 minutes, the film manages to capture the essence of a life-long and perhaps unexpected romance between a black woman and a white woman. Both have aged with grace and style, much like the 2 cases of wine they have kept and savoured over the years. Yet Eva has dementia, which is a disease that slowly but surely whittles away memories as it progresses. With just a glimpse at how Gloria painstakingly prepares dinner for Eva to celebrate their 25th year anniversary, you can see that her love for Eva is profound. That although ‘the bad times are getting longer’, the love holds resilient and true. Then in a miraculous moment when Eva regains awareness of who Gloria is to her, she too reciprocates what is clearly a deep love and longing to preserve and celebrate being in the moment with her loved one.
Yes, this film is undoubtedly bittersweet, but it is sweet nonetheless. The acting is remarkable and the original score by Hazel Turnbull was perfectly matched. The care and detail put into Seeing Glory, from the ‘heart shaped leaves’ of the lilacs to the recipe for dinner, is heart-warming to see. Also, I’m not sure how intentional it was, but there was a stark contrast between how well laid out and ordered the kitchen and dinner table was set with how scattered Eva’s mind was. Meanwhile, Eva’s racist comment felt like a dagger to the heart, and really highlighted how love and memories can be so pivotal in shaping and changing a person. This underlying message of interracial prejudices and how they can be so superficial is yet another important point raised by this thought-provoking film. Ultimately, neither age nor disease diminished the love between these two women, but instead with every year their love simply got ‘deeper and more complex’. If that is not worth celebrating, I don’t know what is. I implore you to go watch this movie now, before you forget. Seeing Glory is available on Lesflicks VOD. You can subscribe for a low monthly fee to see it and countless other works, or try out a free 3-day trial.
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Ping believes in the power of love and kindness, and that "love is love" no matter what shape or form it comes in. She would like to see positive representation for all walks of life in film and media.