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The Last Station (2013)

“Good morning, grandmas and grandpas. Today I want to share with you the sounds I recorded on a rainy day,” says the radio announcer, the residents of Father Hurtado’s nursing home listening quietly to the daily broadcast. They wait patiently to hear news of those who have passed away, like a tired passenger awaits the arrival of the last train. Poetic and deeply human, The Last Station is an insightful portrait of life in a Chilean nursing home, where residents embark with determination upon their every chore. Hailed around the world as masterful—it’s dimly lit scenes compared to the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershoi and its careful narrative approach reminiscent of Tarkovsky’s work—this film has played at IDFA, Leipzig and Copenhagen, among others. The work of a surprisingly young directorial duo, it reminds us that life, though slow when nearing the end, is lived with the same intensity all the way through. [Synopsis courtesy of HotDocs]