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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nicholas Fackler|
|Produced by||Dana Altman|
Jay Van Hoy
|Written by||Nicholas Fackler|
with Tim Kasher
|Music by||Mike Mogis|
|Edited by||Douglas Crise|
North Sea Films
Lonely Robert Malone (Landau) falls in love with Mary (Burstyn), the mother of his neighbor Alex (Banks). With the help of his boss Mike (Scott), Robert decides to spend Christmas with someone for the first time. Over a period of a few days and with the "co-conspiratorial help" from the grocery store manager, as a couple they enjoy several activities leading up to Christmas, including things like a carriage ride, a shopping spree, attending a musical performance together, and a party. At the party, Robert mistakenly accuses another older man of being the rotten, no good husband who had left Mary before. As the story progresses, we begin to understand that Mary knows a lot more and is much more concerned about making Robert happy day-by-day than might be otherwise expected for a senior couple, including moments of quiet intimacy. As the film draws to a close, we find out that Alex, Mike, Mary, and even the "alleged" boyfriend are all part of the story, as it is Robert's condition of Alzheimer's / senile dementia taking him away from them for days at a time, leading to a very sweet ending.
Filming took place in Omaha, Nebraska. It first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and continued to other film festivals, being nominated for Best First Screenplay for Nicholas Fackler at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Movie review aggregator Lovely, Still at Rotten Tomatoes scored the movie as 71% Fresh based on a small number of ratings, with an audience rating of 75%. Reviewers noted that while the seasonal tropes are nothing new, Landau and Burstyn make the movie very watchable and the periodic moments of romance, reflection, and revelation worth waiting for.