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The first feature-length animation from award-winning studio Giant Ant, based on the internationally acclaimed comic book memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me by Sarah Leavitt.
Not only a spot-on portrait of the dark comedy and vast sadness that Alzheimer’s contains, the book is a fitting tribute to Leavitt’s mom.
The fabric of the Leavitt family is beautifully woven… In a scene with Sarah sitting beside her mother in the garden she can no longer attend to, Midge’s admission to feeling that she has lost all her own sweetness underscores poignantly what is at this memoir’s core — the observed and treasured remembrances of a gentle, vibrant individual.
As the rate of Alzheimer’s continues to increase as the population ages, Tangles joins Jeffrey Moore’s novel The Memory Artists and Sarah Polley’s film Away from Her at the head of a list of illuminating and much-needed artistic responses.
In framing her loss and her uncertainty through the lens of love, Leavitt manages to find a fragile resolution: conditional, moving, rigorous and heartbreaking at once.
The narrative is human, honest, loving… Not simply the story of a disease, but of the flawed, complex, intelligent people whose lives it transformed.
Losing words and stories proves particularly debilitating for a woman who was once so enthused by them — with her husband, fellow teacher Rob, she “built a life of books and art and creativity.” Leavitt responds in kind in this heartbreaking memoir…