A POWERFUL, EMOTIVE FILM ABOUT THE IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER'S ON FAMILY
Directed by John Fink
Directed by John Fink
A day of traumatic events leads a family dealing with dementia to make a tough decision.
BABA IS A STORY ABOUT FAMILY. A story about one of the most important and difficult moments in our lives. About how a daughter and son are trying to come to terms with the impact of dementia on their mother and their lives.
Health and wealth are the two most common reasons for a family to implode, and Baba’s mental deterioration presents a great strain on the Becker siblings.
As the sun rises Pam’s patience runs thin with her mother’s daily obsession: the imaginary Mansours order for curtains. As the day progresses, her brother Steve calls. Pam made a promise to Baba that she would not end up in a home, but she just wants a week off. Steve refuses to help, insisting that Baba should be put in a permanent care facility.
Baba’s dementia is the epicentre of the ever-widening sibling rift.
Caring for Baba is an all-consuming task that has put Pam’s personal and professional life on permanent hold. Steve appears a rather demanding brother who never helps much, physically or financially.
So when Baba disappears from the house to wander the streets, Pam reverts to the same kind of panic a parent might endure if they lost their child at the fairground. Steve, on the other hand, speeds to the family home to assist.
When Steve’s car nearly knocks his mother over, Pam is conflicted and doesn’t know what to do. She fears this will be the end for Baba and she will never return home if Steve calls an ambulance. Their bickering is interrupted by Baba who for a fleeting second seems to understand her predicament.
This near tragedy brings a bond of understanding between the siblings. If ever so briefly, the Becker family is united again, and perhaps the Becker siblings might work things out, for mum’s sake.
Maggie Blinco (Rake, McClouds Daughters) plays BABA, a tragic comic character with an almost Caliban-esque physicality. She is lost, and bounces from room to room and thought to thought like a pinball in slow motion. So when Baba purposely shuffles out the house to deliver the imaginary Mansours order, we feel it.
Anna Lise Phillips (Animal Kingdom, Devil’s Playground) is living with the relentless demands of Baba’s care, which means she is barely living: a soldier in endless battle, rolling from skirmish to ambush, day by day, moment to moment. It’s tiring.
Julian Garner (Janet King, McCleod’s Daughters) is the CEO of GDM consulting. He is urbane and upright, a man who is making something of himself, and perhaps escaping from the family he came from.