Marjoleine Boon­stra films the resi­dents of nursing home Akropolis, which has a museum of memo­ries in the base­ment. The objects from the old days offer some grip and comfort in their final life stage.
Marjoleine Boon­stra shows the resi­dents of nursing home Akropolis, which has a museum of memo­ries in the base­ment. It has displays full of tea pots and biscuit tins, closets full of linen and service, but also a completely furnished baby’s room, kitchen, wash­house and barn. Here, elderly people can shuffle through the rooms with their walking frames and admire the attrib­utes of their child­hood. The simple objects from the old days offer some­thing to hold on to and some comfort in their final life stage. Director Hans Becker, with his sister the initiator of the museum, considers it his mission to provide the aged people with so-called conver­sa­tion pieces. He calls it a museum of plea­sure. A place where every­body can chatter about his or personal things.’ He even had a panorama of a beach scene painted on a wall. With real sand, genuine shells and an old cane deck chair in front. On this beach’, Boon­stra asks the resi­dents about their dreams, the love of their life and their best and worst moments.

Title: Zonnig Madeira
Year: 2008
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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