Peter, a retired actor, lives with his partner of sixty years, Douglas. Both in their eighties. The couple reflect on their age and changing relationship. Along with friends they offer an intimate view into how old age affects their lives: from getting out of bed in the morning to how they think about the future.
Written By: Andrea Niada
Directed By: Andrea Niada
To be completely blunt, about 90 percent of the narrow-minded people of the world will read the description... and pass on this one. Simply because this is a story of a gay couple. Being equally blunt, it's their loss. Like a lot of things these people will miss out on during their lifetime, "How We Are Now" will become one of those regrets by anyone who loves a good documentary. Writer / Director Andrea Niada presents to us an up close and personal look at two men who have literally been there and done that. For me, the heart of this film is not so much the men themselves, rather the story that hides just under the surface of these two life long partners. This is both a happy and scary story. To think of the life these men have lived is an amazingly inspiring thing. To wonder what comes next, and know you'll soon be able to relate, is a scary notion indeed. For most of us anyhow. As I wrote above, for me, "How We Are Now" is more about a life lived rather than the folks who lived it. However, I'd be lying if I wrote that Peter and Doug taking the lead hasn't made this film that much more interesting.
The technical side of "How We Are Now" is pretty standard fare. What you'd expect from a documentary is just what you'll get here. Everything from the lensing of the film, to the the audio and continuing with a standard edit. The focal point of this movie is not to outshine the characters with flashy production work, rather compliment the story using a familiar style. In this respect, "How We Are Now" does the trick and performs it well.
If you're looking for action, adventure and a load of pizazz, you won't find it here. This is the story of two people who can, and will become any one of us eventually. My only real complaint was that so much more could have been done. A deeper look into the histories and a slightly less focused look on the present would have been awesome. I would have loved to have learned more about Peter and Doug... the stories they must have! One of the most unsettling lines from the film for me was the response to what should have been a prepared answer. What do you think of the last 83 years? When asked that very question the answer was humorous, yet bordered on being very sad. Why not find out the answer for yourself and watch this one.
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