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The Diamond Couple

Sonja Bertucci
United States, 2024, 80 min.

In English.
This film is family friendly.

In 2022, Morrie recounts the final moments of his wife, Betty, who passed away at 103 in 2019. At the age of 108, Morrie harbors only one wish: to recover the memories shared with Betty during their 79-year union. The film unearths and reanimates these memories. As the couple gradually opens up to the camera over the span of eight years of filming, their dynamic transforms radically. Betty overcomes her natural self-effacement, finds her voice, gains in self-confidence; while Morrie learns how to communicate emotion and affirm love.

Director's Statement

The film takes its inspiration from Simone de Beauvoir's meditation on the aging body and her attempt to break the taboos surrounding old age. Philosophy, she says, recoils in the presence of an old body. She writes: “Let us recognize ourselves in this old man and in that old woman. It must be done if we are to take upon ourselves the entirety of our human state.” And if we fail to see, can we lend an ear and borrow their stories to regain a sense of world?

Category: Documentary.

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