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Though never managing to surprise us much, this brisk encounter with the living past has moments of charm and the occasional fresh perspective.
Fegan draws on the wealth of Irish beauty: fairyland landscapes, quaint interiors, gaily painted doors and windows and the people who live there. He puts these snapshots together with a puckish wit.
It's a glorious film, in large part because it is a reminder of in what low regard we often hold those of "a certain age."
A charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life.
Fegan may not unearth why the Emerald Isle is home to so many spirited centenarians, but their presence makes for a lovely and inspiring experience in the enjoyable documentary "Older Than Ireland."
The movie doesn't linger on any single topic, happy or sad. With so many lives to look back on, Fegan moves briskly from theme to theme.
Fegan treats his venerable subjects with care. If he doesn't seem to push them hard (we never hear him guiding the questioning), he clearly finds a place of rapport with them.
At times, the viewer simply watches the silence, and the film has a tendency to drag, but the filmmaker's choice in this is understandable, as it appears to be both a nod of respect and a touch of human fascination with mortality.
Older Than Ireland is peppered with wise words, great memories, plenty of humour, a lot of energy and - cue the Kleenex - one of the saddest true stories I've ever heard. If you're not moved by this film, you're not human.
The result is also one of the most unique and insightful historical documents ever committed to film in this country.
As the comforting stillness of the camera lends an intimately observant feel to the film, Older Than Ireland acts as an organically flowing oral history of Ireland.
It is edited with great wit and features some memorably witty compositions.
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