Movies and book about aging

Movies about aging

Robin Williams as an adult rascal in "Jack"

A mermaid as a mother and a watching devil as a father (both left at a costume ball) must provide a special child. That is the little Jack.... Whatsoever. Although is he small? ... The infant is growing at a furious speed. At Jack's first birthday he looks like a toddler and on his fourth, he must already shave. Jack has a unique growth problem: he is aging four times as fast as another man.

His spiritual growth is not that fast. When he is ten he looks like a man of forty years, but he still thinks like any boy his age. For him there is more reason to desire to become friends with his peers. His caring parents not prefer the exposure of their special son to reactions of the outside world. For knowledge he has a tutor (Bill Cosby) and his mother ( Daine Lane) likes to play games.

Jack (Robin Williams) remain to desire to go outside and finally his parents admit to this. The first days at school are difficult, though his schoolteacher is an angel. But for the other children in the classroom he is just a grown man named Jack. Jack's length appears to be useful in playing basketball and then when Jack decides to help a classmate in front of his mother the boy to do this, the boy receives Jack as an adult companion.

The movie continues with Jack siting in a treehouse with his friends. They having a challenge with farting and eating the most disgusting concoctions. This is where director Francis Ford Coppola ends his new film. Man dare to live, the uplifting message is, in a rudderless continuous story that avoids the sharper edges of the situation, but often has something hurtful. It's a childish film, which is not really intended for children so it seems. With its warm charm, nevertheless it makes Robin Williams the eternal rascal.

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"The curious case of Benjamin Button"

The movie starts with Daisy (Cate Blanchett), she is an old aged widow. She lies dying in a hospital. She is kept company by her daughter Caroline (Julia Ormond). Daisy asks her to read from the diary of one therein Benjamin Button then the film switches to images of his life, although sometimes interrupted for dialogues between Daisy and Caroline from the present.

Caroline Button (Joanna Sayler) experienced a difficult delivery in which she dies. Her child, is a mystery for the attendees. Although the baby has the size of a normal newborn, it exhibits the appearance of an elderly person. Father Thomas Button (Jason Flemying) is outraged and wants to throw it into the canal. As an agent caught him, he leaves the child behind on the stairs of the house where Queenie (Taraij P. Henson) lives. She takes care of old people. Because she can not have children, she decides to keep the strange creature and raise it with her partner Tizzy (Ali Mahershalalhashbaz).

A doctor notes that the baby has not only the appearance of an elderly, but also has to contend with a large number of typical geriatric diseases. He predicts that it probably will die within a relatively short time. Ten years later, he neverthelesshas survived his early childhood and grown to be a little old man in a wheelchair. he makes acquainted with the seven-year old Daisy, and they develop a warm friendship. While the world around him ages, Benjamin has a reverse aging process, he is getting younger as time passes. At one point he stands up from his wheelchair and a look in the mirror gives him a positive surprise.

Benjamin (Brad Pitt) surprices everyone with his appearance which he gets into contact with, totally not expected childish inexperience, during different phases in his life he meets Daisy again. She will always travel due to her dance career, while she grows into a woman. Benjamin grows up from the other direction, they grow emotionally and appearance closer each other and Benjamin surprises her with every meeting they have. Due to the contradictory growth processes, they are only destined to pass through each other, and then again to grow away from each other. Nevertheless, the two develop more than just friendly feelings for each other. When Daisy is 43 years and Benjamin 49, Daisy becomes pregnant. Because Benjamin is afraid that he isn't capable to educate the child he doesn't want to burden the Daisy with his sitation, he decides to leave Daisy and his daughter and go into the world. When he returns to Daisy, she is married to an other man.


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Book about Werner Syndrome

Gail Tsukiyama - Dreaming water     

"I was sixteen when I first asked to see photos of Werner Syndrome patients, the hawklike nose, gray, thin hair, the ulcers and cataracts." These are the words of Hana, a thirty-eight year old Italian-Japanese-American with Werner's Syndrome, or as she prefers to call it, Werner. Werner is a disease that makes a person age at twice the rate of a healthy individual: at thirty-eight Hana has the appearance of an eighty-year old. Trapped inside her aching, ill body, Hana's mind is still as sharp as ever which makes dealing with this disease all the more difficult.

Hana lives with her mother, Cate, in Daring, California. Cate awakens every morning and strains to hear if there are any sounds coming from Hana's room, dreading the day that she hears nothing. Hana's disease is worsening day by day and she requires a lot of care. When Cate is not nursing her daughter she retreats to her garden, which helps her to relax, and gives her time to think. When Cate is out tending the garden, Hana reads and writes letters.

Hana's Japanese-American father Max had passed away of a heart attack. Through flashbacks the stories of how Cate and Max met and the difficulties they endured as a mixed race couple in a small town are relived. We also learn about how Max and his family were unjustly taken to a Japanese internment camp called Heart Mountain in Wyoming and the hardships that they suffered as a result. In one of Cate's flashbacks, Max asks her; "You know what I dreamed of during all those years I spent at Heart Mountain? I dreamed of water." At the internment camp in the desert there was never enough water, which caused their skin to crack and flake. Cate remembered for the first time, a year after Max died, how he used to lick his lips in appreciation before drinking a glass of water.

A large part of the novel focuses on Hana's childhood friend Laura, whom she has not seen in ten years, since before the Werner surfaced. Laura lives in New York with her two children Josephine and Camille, who are thirteen and eleven years old respectively. They have kept in touch throughout the years through phone calls and letters and are still very close. However, every time Laura asks to come visit, Hana always comes up with an excuse as to why they should not come. "I haven't been feeling too well. That's become my stock answer to her whenever she wants to come and visit. I love her like a sister and I know I'm being selfish, or afraid, or both. I wouldn't know what to say to those beautiful young girls, whose shock I can already see in their eyes as they look me over. And how would it be to see dear Laura in the prime of her life?" Finally, Laura ignores Hana and decides to come and visit her anyway bringing along Josephine and Camille. When Laura and her children arrive, the strength of their bond of friendship is renewed and the effects are life lessons learned for everyone.

The story is told alternating between the eyes of all of the characters, which allows us to more intimately understand each individual's fear and emotions. The bonds between mother and daughter and the bonds of friendship are the main focus points of the story, and Gail Tsukiyama does an excellent job of portraying how strong and lasting these bonds are. Dreaming Water is a compelling, heart-breaking, yet heartwarming novel. The novel held my attention from the first page to the last and I read it in its entirety in one sitting.

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