Assisted Living, the film
October 23, 2005
Assisted Living is a docudrama, distributed in 2003, which is fiction but set in a real setting.
"Assisted Living" chronicles a day in the life of Todd, a janitor who spends his days smoking pot and interacting with the residents for his own entertainment. Todd's detachment from his surroundings is compromised only by his unlikely friendship with Mrs. Pearlman, a resident who begins to confuse him with her son. On this particular day, Todd must choose whether or not to play the part. "Assisted Living" is shot and staged in a real nursing home and gains much of its unique effect and style from the participation of actual residents and staff members. During much of the film, it is impossible to distinguish between what is real and what is fiction."
There are times when this film is funny, and times when it is full of pathos just like real life. The depiction of staff and residents strike me as very real and fit with my experience of these kinds of facilities.
I recommend this film.
Link: Assisted Living (2003).