The Way We Get By
The Way We Get By – Movie Review
An intimate story of three senior citizens in America as they struggle with the losses that come with growing old and rediscover their reasons for living. By dedicating their lives to greeting troops at a tiny airport in Maine.
Pick of the Week!
“The Way We Get By” is one of those documentaries that could change your life, and I say that without a moment or drop of irony. It’s won a whole bunch of film festival awards, as it should have. It follows three very old people in Bangor, Maine which those of us who play Trivial Pursuit know is the point farthest east and farthest north in the United States. It’s also the place where troops are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and where the first place that they return. So, these three old codgers to who we are introduced to, make it their business to shake hands with the troops as they leave and welcome them back to America as they come home. All three are alone. One has a dog who dies actually during the documentary. One is a man who has only cats and his place is so disgusting you won’t believe it, who found his wife dead nine years ago. One is a widow who’s the matriarch of her family. She has children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, but she’s basically alone and is so infirm that she actually has to sleep in a chair at night. However, all three of them are on constant call 24/7 to go to the airport and either wish the soldiers well as they leave, even though one of the women says that she can’t do it because she has tears in her eyes, but she’ll welcome them back. This makes you understand that one individual can make a difference, regardless of what you think your limitations are. None of them are the sharpest knife in the drawer. None of them are the healthiest. None of them are the youngest. None of them is the most gorgeous. None of them have the most fabulous lives, but each one of them decide at this stage in their life, in spite of the fact that their lives weren’t exactly as they wished them to be, and that they are lonely, to go and make a difference in other people’s lives. And if this doesn’t inspire you and bring a tear to your eye, then you are tougher than I am. Five big fat gold stars.