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April 1, 2014
A tender look at hellos, goodbyes, loneliness, family, and being present.
May 26, 2012
This is a beautiful and simple movie about ordinary heroes. This is a wonderful movie about a group Bangor, Maine residents welcome over 700,000 American troops going to and returning from Afghanistan and/or Iraq. The movie focuses on Bill Knight, Joan Guadet and Jerry Mundy. Regardless of the time or their various handicaps, they take time out of their days to welcome the troops through one of the busiest military interchanges entering into and leaving the United States. This is either the last stop as the troops head out of the country, or the first place they get to before they head home. This is not a political movie. It's a beautiful movie about life, death, people, relationships and a great movie to watch on Memorial Day weekend.
½ April 12, 2012
Whether you're believe in the wars our country is in or not, this documentary touches a nerve on so many levels.. Well done...
May 31, 2011
Powerful and a great Memorial Day view.
May 23, 2011
So incredibly sad...
April 10, 2011
If this doesn't touch you you have no heart.
½ February 26, 2011
Man, I started tearing up literally 5 minutes into this film. I thought this would be more about veterans, but it's hugely eye-opening in terms of America's elderly in general. Go see it - it's good for you.
December 27, 2010
very subtle documentary. must see. very original.
September 12, 2010
What a great idea for a movie! I just want to tell people like this...THANK YOU!
½ September 12, 2010
Equal parts heartfelt and heartbreaking. A moving documentary.
½ July 23, 2010
More heart than most movies combined.
½ June 29, 2010
LOVED this movie! This is what our country is losing. The small town human touch. What a wonderful gesture these senior citizens represent to show how much they care about the troops leaving and returning from war. Not all of the greeters support the war, but they understand every one of those soldiers are somebody's son, daughter, mother or father. The soldiers' reactions are a touching confirmation of the value of a hug or a handshake. Many of the soldiers have had several interactions with these greeters during their repeated deployments. The musings on aging and outliving a spouse are a complementary dialogue as they are also dealing with life and death issues, too.
½ June 13, 2010
Outstanding documentary. Heartbreaking and inspirational.
½ June 12, 2010
Utterly heartbreaking.
½ February 19, 2010
Intimate, inside look, sad, poignant and inspiring, volunteers, patriotic servants.
½ February 13, 2010
How can you not love this movie? The real genius of it is that it focuses on how much these people get from doing what they do. It clearly shows that they need to do it or get as much out of it as the troops do and I found the whole thing very touching and enjoyable.
February 8, 2010
An intimately personal tale of service and dedication. The secondary narrative of aging and its effects on not only the bodies but the minds and spirits of the greeters is equally compelling. It's hard to imagine someone not being moved by the individual stories of the greeters.
February 6, 2010
There's more going on here than just a documentary about old people meeting troops when they get home. It's more about the human desire to love and be loved. Very touching and there's a lot going on even when the film appears to shift focus on the elderly people's lives. How we love people, how we treat people we love, what we do when they're not there anymore. In one word, Humane.
January 26, 2010
gives THE WAY WE GET BY an A+. I cried all the way through this story of a group of average citizens who have been greeting returning U.S. soldiers at the Bangor airport since 2003. This amazing documentary is as much a story of aging as it is of patriotism and simple human kindness. This a beautiful, beautiful film.
January 10, 2010
Quite possibly the saddest movie. Get the tissues.
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