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6 Ratings

Never Eat Alone

Directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz
Canada, 2016


A lonely widow in her mid-80s wonders what ever happened to that charming baritone that used to perform with her, the one who fancied her and even asked her not to go through with her wedding— before disappearing from her life forever.

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Never Eat Alone Directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz
I was so convinced by the naturalism of the performances and the atmosphere of intimate familiarity (aided by the use of a cheap DV camera) that I felt it simply had to be real. As the film progressed and its intricate formal design became more evident, I realized I was clearly mistaken: it was a work, in fact, very artfully constructed, but the rapport between the actors endowed it with a remarkable air of authenticity.
March 22, 2017
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Bohdanowicz arrives somewhere honest and heartfelt with Never Eat Alone, a work of speculative fiction that subtly brings the past to bear on the present through an uncommonly intimate appraisal of history and biography.
December 20, 2016
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Benac went on to live a long, interesting life, maybe not extraordinary but not unmysterious either. The filmmaker expresses this by means of a remarkable attentiveness, her camera patiently observing the mundane daily habits of her grandmother, singing with her choir group, cooking and eating a dinner for one, lying on a couch reading a book. However quotidian all this may seem, there’s something new and revelatory about it, insofar as we so rarely see older people just going about their days.
December 16, 2016
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