"an extraordinary documentary, patient & gorgeous."
-- Christy LeMaster, Cine-File.Info
The complexities of a mother's sacrifice are discovered when Eleanore, at age 91, moves her developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home, after 64 years of devoted companionship and daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER chronicles the lives of Eleanore and Ronnie Hickman, the Director's grandmother and uncle. Shot on 16mm, the film is a quiet love story between a mother and son, which records the inevitable transformation in their relationship, and shifting definitions of home over a seven-year span.
Set in a farming and logging community in rural Pennsylvania, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER celebrates the minor spectacle of the everyday. The film attempts to neutralize mortality by weaving it into the natural cyclical structure of life. Pattern and repetition are important unifying themes. The soundtrack features a rich and textured musical score composed by the New York based string quartet ETHEL.
Re-framing social issues, including end of life preparations, resources for adults with disabilities, and loneliness among the elderly, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER is first and foremost a love story. It is the classic tale of a son's new-found independence, and a mother's empty nest syndrome, however delayed by some forty years in this case. Through the magnified lens of this mother and son relationship, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER celebrates life's natural cycles of monotony and impermanence.
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--- Amy Beste, Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center
--- Christy LeMaster, Cine-File.info
--- Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, Sept. 14, 2010
--- Ariella Ben-Dov, Artistic and Festival Director
34th Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
---- Caroline Chinlund, Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist
---- Shellie Fleming, Artist & Filmmaker
Ralph Farris (viola)
Mary Rowell (violin)
Cornelius Duffalo (violin)
Dorothy Lawson (cello)
Tzu Han Wang
Do Yeon Kim
John Travis Stuntebeck
Images & Text © 2010 Hairless Films & Danièle Wilmouth