The IndiePix Films November 10, 2020 DVD release of the 2010 documentary "You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't" is the first film entirely shot in an Alzheimer's ward. Personal relatability is imagining myself ultimately as the grumpy old man who regularly makes a gesture that could indicate that this fellow patients are number one.
Documentarian Scott Kirschenbaum shows us a few days in the life of Lee Gorewitz, who fully illustrates the antics and mood swings that prompt calling old age a second childhood. This evokes thoughts of a quote that is believed to be from Mr. Rogers. This oft-disregarded wisdom is that adults feel good and bad things alike just as deeply as children, but we have learned how to not express those emotions.
Amusing "Live" moments include Lee having a sly look on her face regarding implausible deniability as to dirty dishes on a table. Her grumpy side comes out in a confrontation with the aforementioned alta cocker and similar encounters with others on the far end of the baby boomers scale. Her joy in dancing shows another side of this feisty old broad.
We also get glimpses of the sorrow as to a sense of being alone when you feel sad as well as the realization that the persons from your past are jumbled in your memory. A friend expresses this well by stating that modern medicine has extended the quantity of life but not the quality of it.
The impact of "Live" extends well beyond feeling the pain of Lee. As many of us have (or will) experienced as to parents and/or grandparents, Alzheimer's seems inevitable. "Shady Pines, Ma" is less funny when we must face putting a loved one in the west wing.
Indiepix supplements "Live" with the Kirschenbaum documentary "Jumor" that depicts the role of Jewish humor in nursing homes across the United States. A time constraint (and a related push to fully study Disney Channel humor before losing free Disney Plus access) requires saving "Jumor" for another day.