Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit | 50mins
Director: Jean Bernard Andro | Producer: Patrice M Regnier
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Michel Gouilloud and Patrice M. Regnier had been together for eighteen years when, in 1994, as a result of medical tests for Michel's minor muscular problems, the sentence fell like a knife: Michel had one of the most terrible neurological illnesses, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), one of the most terrible neurological illnesses. They decided to film this stage of their life together up to Michel's death.
The images in this film show us a man who knows how and when he will die, but who approaches the last two years of his life with the same spirit as if he had twenty more to live. He had decided, as he says, "to die with elegance." We also see the love, the effort, the doubts of the woman who accompanies him at every moment to the end and who knows that, in a way, there are two people, a couple, who will disappear together.
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