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An Icelandic film director’s mother declines from Alzheimer’s disease in Mamma Gógó, a film that’s both humorous and tragic. In the late stages of her disease, Gógó is found standing in the bowl of a toilet gripping a suitcase and repeatedly flushing. The sight brings a quick laugh before the dreadfulness of it all sets in: She wants out. Running parallel to the narrative of Gógó’s decline is that of her son, who has sunk all of his money into, ironically, a film about elderly people escaping a retirement home. Its box-office returns are tepid, and just as the son seeks to rectify his financial ruin, he must decide whether to place his mother in a nursing home as her mental capacity declines. In his pursuit of sharing the story of the aging, he is absolutely unaware of the aging presently confronting him. It’s one of many heavy-handed ironies in the film, but that doesn’t mean its story isn’t universal.
At 6:30 p.m.; also on Thursday, April 14 at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 at 5 p.m. All showings at Avalon Theatre.