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After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious college-age daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remain at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a sought-after "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments make an already difficult decision close to impossible.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good ...the movie finds ways to celebrate the love between generations, from grandmother to granddaughter. Chomko chooses to focus on the light in moments of darkness, and the movie ends on a bittersweet, comforting note. Despite all we stand to loose in our old age, may we all be so lucky to have memories worth fighting to hold onto.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good You laugh as much as you cry, which means you believe in the movie's truth. This is a family that shouts together, that leaves bruises, that cackles at things that would crush others. What They Had is most impressive when it shows how Alzheimer's doesn't affect just one person, but everyone who comes close.
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Bridget (Hilary Swank), a California chef, is called home to Chicago when her
Ruth (Blythe Danner) disappears in the middle of a blizzard. With her rebellious
(Taissa Farmiga) in tow, Bridget arrives to find Ruth safe, but increasingly
confused and disoriented.
Ruth's latest excursion is the last straw for her son Nicky (Michael Shannon),
who believes she
needs to be in a "memory care" facility, but her husband Bert (Robert Forster)
insists that her place
is with him at home in the life they have made together.
Bridget struggles with her own troubled marriage, her complicated relationship
and her guilt about having left her family in Chicago. As Nicky pushes her to
put Ruth in a nursing
home and Bert grows angry with her interference, Bridget searches for a solution
that will make
everyone happy. Then, the family faces one more unexpected crisis that forces
her into an